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The nature of nature: how New Zealand women in middle to later life experience nature-based leisure
Leisure Sciences
  • Margaret Cosgriff, University of Waikato
  • Donna E Little
  • Erica Wilson, Southern Cross University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

This article explores how women in middle to later life from Aotearoa-New Zealand understand and experience nature in the context of their outdoor leisure. Using a qualitative gender-informed methodology, multiple interviews were conducted with 11 women. Three key themes were revealed: First, nature was more than words, with women transgressing mechanistic conceptions of nature. Second, nature was understood as a sensory experience, defined by the five senses as well as through spiritual description. Finally, for these women, nature was expressed as “a part of me,” demonstrating a deep connection to the outdoors. The study findings help to rethink traditional conceptions of nature-based recreation.

Citation Information

Cosgriff, M, Little, DE & Wilson, E 2010, 'The nature of nature: how New Zealand women in middle to later life experience nature-based leisure', Leisure Studies, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 15-32.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01490400903430822