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Contemporary Issues in Leisure Sciences

A Look Forward, 1st Edition

Edited by Diana Parry, Corey W. Johnson


136 pages

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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Leisure Sciences journal, this book focuses on where it and leisure sciences (as a field) started and what the future might hold for both. The foremost scholars in our field dialogue, debate, critique, and reflect on leisure studies’ progress and future. Authors consider and write about the key issues and controversies of the field, developments we should be celebrating, and directions of study we should be pursing. Scholars also consider research gaps that exist in leisure research, issues we should be thinking about, and where we are now in relation to where previous projections expected. Topics in this book include: race, ethnicity, immigration, and leisure; ‘risky’ leisure research; critical leisure studies; leisure and social isolation; radical leisure; and post-qualitative radical ontology.

The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Leisure Sciences.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note

Introduction to the Special Issue Looking Back, Looking Forward: 40 Years of Leisure Sciences

Corey W. Johnson, Diana C. Parry, and Faith-Anne Wagler

1. “Risky” Leisure Research on Sex and Violence: Innovation, Impact, and Impediments

Liza Berdychevsky

2. Are We Ready for “Radical Leisure”?

B. Dana Kivel

3. All the Lonely People: Social Isolation and the Promise and Pitfalls of Leisure

Troy D. Glover

4. The Serious Leisure Perspective and the Experience of Leisure

A. J. Veal

5. Leisure Sciences and the Humanities

Paul Heintzman

6. Research on Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Leisure: Have We Missed the Boat?

Monika Stodolska

7. The Case of the 12-Year-Old Boy: Or, The Silence of and Relevance to Leisure Research

Rasul A. Mowatt

8. Evocative Words and Ethical Crafting: Poetic Representation in Leisure Research

Sandra Sjollema and Felice Yuen

9. Questions for Postqualitative Inquiry: Conversations to Come

Brian E. Kumm and Lisbeth A. Berbary

10. The Time Machine: Leisure Science (Fiction) and Futurology

Brett D. Lashua

About the Editors

Diana C. Parry is a feminist scholar who engages in research that advocates that the personal is political while focusing on women’s health and leisure. Diana intentionally uses her research and service to advance a social justice agenda by advocating for a holistic understanding and conceptualization of health for women.

Corey W. Johnson is a feminist, qualitative researcher and scholar who focuses on power relations between dominant and non-dominant populations. Corey uses his research alongside service, and engages in advocacy, activism, civic-engagement, service-learning and community partnerships, to create change and unique learning opportunities for individuals and institutions.

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