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'Bushcraft' and 'Indigenous Knowledge': transformations of a concept in the modern world

Fenton, Lisa (2016) 'Bushcraft' and 'Indigenous Knowledge': transformations of a concept in the modern world. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:57815)

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The relationship between 'bushcraft' and 'indigenous knowledge' is investigated through a historical review, an examination of ethnographic literature, fieldwork amongst bushcraft practitioners, and through original case studies. Fieldwork was carried out in Sweden, the USA, and the UK. Case studies of the Saami 'kuksa', the 'figure 4' deadfall trap, and making fire by friction are used to explore a number of themes in the contemporary bushcraft world: the role of skilled-practice, ethical values, notions of an individually experienced connection with nature, practice as a personal transformative experience, and as an intersubjective relationship between practitioner and craft engagement with the material affordances in the landscape. It is argued that motivations for practice foreground a relationship with an environmental experience that counters 'alienation' through the development of techniques required to spend un-insulated time in nature which counter modern Western technocratic lifestyles. Bushcraft destabilises apparently similar categories of activity, particularly tourism, outdoor adventure recreation and education, historical re-enactment and survivalism.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Ellen, Roy
Uncontrolled keywords: bushcraft, Indigenous knowledge, survival skills, woodcraft, primitive technology, traditional ecological knowledge, ethnography, education, adventure recreation.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 10:58 UTC
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Fenton, Lisa.

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