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“It’s Beyond You, But You’re A Part of It”: Mountaineering in the Southern Alps of Aotearoa New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Bennett, Caroline
dc.contributor.advisor Elinoff, Eli Scully, Morgan 2021-01-11T21:32:12Z 2021-01-11T21:32:12Z 2020 2021
dc.description.abstract This thesis provides a phenomenological exploration of the lived experience of mountaineering in New Zealand. Based on fieldwork completed in the Southern Alps and Mount Ruapehu, it offers an analysis into how mountaineers construct the mountain environment through their climbing, while also being shaped in turn by the vital mountain. At the heart of this thesis is the movement of mountaineering. I argue that the experience of mountaineering cannot be divorced from our embodied sensory perception. Through climbing, mountaineers build a depth of embodied, living knowledge, making sense of technical information and strengthening their judgement to help them climb and manage the risks. That knowledge transforms the mountains for experienced mountaineers. Furthermore, I argue that the vibrant and potentially deadly fluxes of the mountains form their agency and thus the vitality that my participants sense. To climb in the mountains is therefore to enter into a reciprocal relationship with the vital mountain environment. The mountaineers ultimately become a reflection of the mountains in which they climb. This thesis comprises of a written thesis and immersive podcast recording, which has been attached. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Mountaineering en_NZ
dc.subject Mountains en_NZ
dc.subject Phenomenology en_NZ
dc.subject Movement en_NZ
dc.subject Sensory en_NZ
dc.subject Sound en_NZ
dc.subject Climbing en_NZ
dc.subject Risk en_NZ
dc.subject Non-human agency en_NZ
dc.title “It’s Beyond You, But You’re A Part of It”: Mountaineering in the Southern Alps of Aotearoa New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Social and Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Anthropology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow commercial use en_NZ 2020-12-18T23:40:16Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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