1st Edition

'Alternative' cultures and leisure Creating pathways for sustainable livelihoods

Edited By Alan Law, Stephen Wearing Copyright 2015
    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    Contemporary discourse on sustainability points to the need for substantial, if not radical, shifts in relations between productivity, environment, consumption and identities, in ways which bring or restore balance to the intersecting domains. The catchphrase of ‘sustainability’ has made its way into mainstream discourse on the heels of the ongoing global financial crisis and responses to global warming. The literature of leisure, sport and particularly tourism are replete with fine examples of ‘sustainability’, contributing to full ecology planning approaches. 

    This book aims to stimulate debate and discussion within the leisure studies community about the roles of ‘alternative cultures’ in producing viable models of sustainable relations between work, leisure and environment. Key elements of these discussions, such as participatory democracy and deep ecology, have long been characteristic of cultural configurations loosely called ‘counter’ or ‘alternative’ to a voracious, hierarchical and unconscious modernity. However the leisure studies community has largely neglected their significance up until now. How are leisure, sustainable livelihoods and ‘alternative’ cultures connected, and what influence do they have?

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Annals of Leisure Research.

    1. Introduction – ‘Alternative cultures and leisure: creating pathways for sustainable livelihoods Alan Law and Stephen L. Wearing

    2. There is (almost) no alternative: the slow ‘heat death’ of music subcultures and the instrumentalization of contemporary leisure Karl Spracklen

    3. The restaurateur as a sustainability pedagogue: the case of Stuart Gifford and Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Café Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Emily Moskwa and Stuart Gifford

    4. Community-supported agriculture from the perspective of health and leisure Bernadett Kis

    5. Magical activism: what happens between the worlds changes the worlds Cris Calley Jones and Heather Mair

    6. Does Bear do it for you? Gen-Y gappers and alternative tourism Jonathan Joseph and Stephen L. Wearing


    Stephen L. Wearing is an Associate Professor in the UTS Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He has conducted numerous projects and lectures worldwide and is the author of 13 books and over 100 articles dealing with issues surrounding leisure and sustainable tourism.

    Alan Law is Associate Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. His research agendas range across a number of sociological sub disciplines and methodologies. His interests in the sport and leisure field currently focus on the impact of tourist resorts on local communities.