The highly contested nature of both 'gender' and 'leisure' encapsulates many of the most critical social and cultural debates of the early twenty-first century. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical perspectives, as well as extensive empirical research, Gender and Leisure goes forward to offer a contemporary socio-cultural analysis of gender relations in leisure practice and leisure policy.
The book begins by introducing and evaluating the key social and cultural ideologies, philosophies and beliefs that have informed our theoretical understanding of gender and leisure. The particular leisure policies that have emerged from these perspectives are examined.
Part two of Gender and Leisure draws on research in social and cultural theory, gender and leisure studies, cultural geography, management and education, and goes on to explore the reality of contemporary gender relations in leisure practice. Leisure policy, leisure management, places and sites of leisure and leisure education are examined, as are the relationships between leisure, sport and tourism.
'A highly recommended book that makes an important contribution to leisure studies' - Annals of Leisure Research
‘Aitchison’s book is a very welcome addition to the literature in leisure studies and will be seen as valuable within a wide range of disciplines (geography, sociology, education and management studies, in particular) … the book goes beyond academic scholarship and research to engage with practical aspects of leisure policy, education and management … a wide-ranging and highly informative book, which effectively links theory and practice across a broad spectrum of subject areas within leisure studies. It is set to become a key text for leisure courses, as well as finding a respected place on the reading lists of modules in women’s studies, geography, sociology and other disciplines.’ – Gender, Place and Culture
1. Introduction 2. Gender and Leisure Theory 3. Gender and Leisure Participation 4. Gender and Leisure Policy 5. Gender and Leisure Landscapes 6. Gender and Leisure Education 7. Gender and Leisure Management 8. Gender and Leisure Research 9. Theorising the Social-Cultural Nexus of Gender and Leisure Practice