Young people's outdoor refuges: movements and (dis)entanglements

Jan Arvidsen*, Simon Beames

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Young people's outdoor refuges have been identified as places that provide respite from everyday pressures. Inspired by four concepts of lines, knots, meshwork and wayfaring, as defined by Tim Ingold, this paper aims to contribute with a dynamic understanding of the practices of outdoor refuging in an increasingly demanding and structured everyday life. The paper reports on photo-elicited interviews with twenty-one young people from a countryside town in Denmark. The findings suggest that outdoor refuges simultaneously serve to disentangle young people from distressing knots in their everyday lives, while fostering positive emotional and sensory entanglements with the human and non-human environment. Further, the findings highlight the significance of mobile phones in the young people's refuging practices. The findings resonate with discourses on the changing conditions for young people's spatial autonomy, and raise questions about acknowledging, protecting and promoting their opportunities for outdoor refuging.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)401-412
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • mobile phones
  • mobility
  • multi-sensory relations to outdoor environments
  • Outdoor refuges
  • spatial autonomy
  • young people


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