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Wilderness solitude: Beyond the social-spatial perspectiveAuthor(s): Steven J. Hollenhorst; Christopher D. Jones
Source: In: Freimund, Wayne A.; Cole, David N., comps. Visitor use density and wilderness experience: proceedings; 2000 June 13; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-20. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 56-61.
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe current scholarly and management approach to wilderness solitude has relied on substitute measures such as crowding and privacy to measure solitude. Lackluster findings have been only partially explained by additional social-spatial factors such as encounter norms, displacement, product shift, and rationalization. Missing from the discussion has been an exploration of the meaning of solitude and a questioning of the basic assumption of its social-spatial structure. In this paper, the concept of solitude is approached from an attitudinal perspective that emphasizes psychological detachment from society. We argue that solitude may result more from lack of management regulation and control than from low visitor use density.
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CitationHollenhorst, Steven J.; Jones, Christopher D. 2001. Wilderness solitude: Beyond the social-spatial perspective. In: Freimund, Wayne A.; Cole, David N., comps. Visitor use density and wilderness experience: proceedings; 2000 June 13; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-20. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 56-61.
Keywordscarrying capacity, recreation management, solitude, use limits, visitor density, wilderness experience, research methods
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