Daily Adventure Practices

  • Simon Beames
  • Chris Mackie
  • Matthew Atencio


After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
  • Understand how adventure activities are part of people’s daily lives and social interactions

  • Characterize a range of key motivators which lead people to undertake daily adventures

  • Understand that daily adventures are complex and diverse activities that go beyond simplistic extreme sports stereotypes

  • Begin to see how daily adventure practices link with identity formation and one’s sense of self

Key Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Beames
    • 1
  • Chris Mackie
    • 2
  • Matthew Atencio
    • 3
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of the Highlands and IslandsInvernessUK
  3. 3.California State University East BayHaywardUSA

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