Climbing Mount Everest: Women, career and family in outdoor education

Linda Allin

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For women outdoor educators, combining an outdoor career with family relationships appears contradictory. Long and/or irregular hours, residentials, and increasing work commitments are, for example, congruent with traditional notions of a career in the outdoors yet they clash with social constructions of women’s primary identities as partners, wives and/or mothers. In this paper, I explore how 21 women outdoor educators constructed connections and disconnections between career and family. In doing so, I uncover how they negotiated their career identities and show how contradictions between work and home were exacerbated due to the centrality of the body to their outdoor education careers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Outdoor and Environmental Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004


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