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Feminisms in Leisure Studies

Advancing a Fourth Wave, 1st Edition

Edited by Diana Parry


180 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Feminisms in Leisure Studies acknowledges and advances the contribution of feminist theories to leisure knowledge and research. Building upon the strong history of feminist leisure scholarship, the book reviews key feminist theories and offers an overview of a fourth wave of feminism and its relevance to leisure.

Written by a team of leading international feminist scholars, each chapter addresses a particular theoretical perspective, using examples from each author’s research to unpack methodological and substantive issues essential to leisure studies. Critically, this book moves beyond women, the emphasis of much gender scholarship to date, to focus on issues of feminism as connected to leisure scholarship more broadly.

This book is an important and engaging read for students and scholars of diversity, women’s studies, multiculturalism, social justice, gender studies, leisure studies, LGBTQQ studies, and feminist research.


"This powerful volume, in the hands of students, researchers and educators, will be wonderfully dangerous—it will help to change the world. Featuring outstanding contributions by established and upcoming scholars writing on gender, sexuality, and feminist activism, the book advances ideas about how we can work toward more equitable futures in the context of leisure research, theory, and practice. Feminisms in Leisure Studies: Advancing a Fourth Wave represents a big wave indeed.​"

Brett Lashua, Reader in Leisure and Culture at Leeds Beckett University, UK

"Using the framework of the 4th Wave, Parry brings together an array of researchers to provide a theoretically sophisticated and yet accessible approach to contemporary feminist perspectives on leisure. This book is long overdue in our field and marks a turning point for current and future researchers who want to move beyond gender based discussions grounded in individual markers of identities and in binaries, toward institutional and structural level analyses. This book is a must read for those interested in doing research that allows for direct and ongoing gender-related critiques while also providing the theoretical underpinnings to support advocacy for social change and social justice. Regardless of one’s area of research or interest in leisure studies, this book is a must read for everyone."

Dana Kivel, Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration and Director of the Community Engagement Center, California State University, USA

"This book is ideal for postgraduate students and leisure scholars with its clear and well-organized summary of each theoretical approach…Overall, this is a good quality book carrying valuable strengths one of which is its call for new areas of feminist leisure research."

Gökben Demirbaş, Sociology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Table of Contents

1. Fourth Wave Feminism: Theoretical Underpinnings and Future Directions for Leisure Research

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

2. Into New Modes of Unbecomings: Engaging Poststructural Feminism Towards Alternative Theorizations of Gender in Leisure Research

Lisbeth A. Berbary

3. Feminist Theories After the Post-Structuralist Turn

Simone Fullagar, Adele Pavlidis and Jessica Francombe-Webb

4. Thinking Intersectionally, Fourth Wave Feminism and Feminist Leisure Scholarship

Beccy Watson

5. Queering Leisure: Teasing Out Queer Theory’s Legacies

Judy Davidson

6. "We Danced Around the Circle": Feminist Standpoint Theories and Turning old Stories into Something New

Felice Yuen

7. Manning Up and Manning On: Masculinities, Hegemonic Masculinity and Leisure Studies

Corey W. Johnson and Luc S. Cousineau

8. The Fourth Wave: What #MeToo Can Teach Us About Millennial Mobilization, Intersectionality, and Men’s Accountability

Stephen M. A. Soucie, Diana C. Parry and Luc S. Cousineau

About the Editor

Diana C. Parry is Associate Vice-President of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion and Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Utilizing a feminist lens to explore the personal and political links between women's leisure and women's health, Dr. Parry’s research privileges women's standpoints and aims to create social change and enact social justice by challenging the medical model of scholarship.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Leisure Studies

The modern world is one that holds an intense fascination with the activities we place under the heading ‘leisure’. Rather than simply being the opposite of ‘work’, ‘leisure’ today can be seen as a form of social and cultural life in which ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ intersect and mutually inform one another.

This series is a forum for agenda-setting research that examines our contemporary world of leisure. It places a strong emphasis not only on mapping current developments in individual and collective leisure activities, but also on challenging our understanding of these from different perspectives. Providing detailed empirical and theoretical accounts, this series explores the critical issues that underpin people’s leisure lives at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

While this series is devoted to leisure, many of its books touch on other subject fields, contributing to interdisciplinary studies and appealing to readers from across the social sciences and the humanities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies