The consumption and hyperreality of nature: greater affordances for outdoor learning
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In this paper we explore young people’s engagement with outdoor learning in nature by drawing on Jean Baudrillard’s1 theorising of consumption and hyperreality2; the postmodern condition of amalgamating physical and virtual realities. The analysis presented briefly examines i) nature as hyperreal, ii) social media, and iii) parents as consumers for affordances of young people’s engagement with (hyperreal) nature. We argue, contrary to popular arguments, that young people’s opportunities for engagement with nature are unprecedented. In doing so we challenge the widely held view as stated by Gray (2018) that “Children’s alienation, disassociation and lack of connection with nature has become a valid concern for parents, educators, health professionals and environmentalists alike” (p.146). We briefly3consider the work of social theorist Baudrillard and argue that social media provides opportunities for greater exposure to “nature” and additionally, we consider how engagement with nature...
KeywordsNature Baudrillard Outdoor learning Social media Hyperreality Consumption
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