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Conflict in the Great Outdoors, Conflict in the Great Outdoors, 0817355235, 0-8173-5523-5, 978-0-8173-5523-4, 9780817355234,

Conflict in the Great Outdoors
Toward Understanding and Managing for Diverse Sportsmen Preferences
Hobson Bryan, Jr.

Quality Paper
2008. 132 pp.
Price:  $17.95 s

Conflict in the Great Outdoors addresses the different orientations and behaviors within sportsmen categories. A major problem of outdoor recreation management addressed in Hobson Bryan’s work is the difficulty in identifying sportsmen subgroups having distinctive preferences and expectations as to the composition of the “quality” outdoor experience. Land-use managers and planners are faced with the problem of matching resources with more users having increasingly specific motivations. Bryan applies his theory of variations within a leisure activity by addressing what sportsmen do and why they do it in various activities such as mountain climbing, hunting, canoeing, skiing, and backpacking.

C. Hobson Bryan Jr. is Professor, Department of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Alabama. He is co-author of Social Assessment: Theory, Process & Techniques.


David Scott is Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, and Editor of the Journal of Leisure Research.

"Few research agendas can trace their roots back to a beginning as clearly as research on recreational specialization. This research program was set in motion by Hobson Bryan in Conflict in the Great Outdoors. He expanded the specialization framework to other outdoor recreation activities, including photography, hiking and backpacking, mountain climbing, skiing, canoeing, birdwatching, and hunting. Bryan's goal is to provide resource managers and researchers with a conceptual framework for understanding and investigating diversity among outdoor recreationists engaged in the same activity. Bryan regards recreation specialization as more than just a variable that measures intensity of involvement: he believes specialization was fundamentally a developmental process whereby people progressed to higher stages of involvement the longer they participated in a leisure activity."
--Journal of Leisure Research

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