There was an interesting article in Outdoor Magazine (‘Finding Adventure Beyond Nature’ – available here).
It’s an interesting reflection on the relationships between the socialisation of the city and the socialisation of the rural (though its now either/or, just as there is no urban/rural – there are transitions of landscapes I would argue) and what happens when one is changed with the other. In the article, the focus is on families, children and holidays as a window to this wider set of questions.
No matter where you sit, as urban, rural or both, the article brings up some interesting points about how we socially construct our place, how this feeds into socialisation of children (and, as a result, their own learning and ideas) and the construction of both wildness and adventure.
It’s a good reminder of how our senses of place and identity are sculptured by these kinds of experiences and perhaps most importantly, how we should be, and need to be, open to this process of defining and redefining of place, landscape/city-scape, and our places in this whole process.