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Risky bodies in risky spaces: disabled people's pursuit of outdoor leisure

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  • N. Burns
  • N. Watson
  • K. Paterson
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Disability and Society
Issue number8
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)1059-1073
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/01/13
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Risk is used to deny disabled people access to many parts of mainstream life. Using qualitative data we explore disabled people?s views and experiences of outdoor recreation, bringing together ideas from two areas of sociology ? disability studies and risk using the concepts of edgework and psycho-emotional disablism. Many people felt that the outdoors represented a risky environment. For some, risk was one of the main drivers for going out into the countryside; whilst for others, risk was a major cause of their reluctance to venture into the countryside. Engaging in risk both can disable and can challenge disablist views.