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Leisure Communities
Rethinking Mutuality, Collective Identity and Belonging in the New Century

ISBN 9780367423391
Published September 9, 2020 by Routledge
218 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses the concept of community by critically exploring its many manifestations in leisure.  It unpacks patterns of mutuality, collective expression, and belonging as they emerge through interaction, shared narrative, and practice.

Recognizing that our experiences of “being in common” and “being in leisure” require rethinking in a changed modernity, the book illustrates the myriad ways that leisure communities take form and shape in the current economic, political, and ideological moment. It highlights how changing societal expectations, economic conditions, technological innovations, and ideological shifts set the stage for a reformulation of social relations and emergence of new leisure-based social groupings. The authors question how to make sense of new social expressions, at times offering unexpected and completely new ways of theorizing community.

Global in richness and scope, the book offers a rich and composite view regarding how to take up and theorize leisure in relation to the multiple dimensions of community. It will inspire a new generation of readers in a broad range of areas across the social sciences, including sociology, community studies, leisure studies, and planning.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Are Leisure Communities Really Communities?

Troy D. Glover and Erin K. Sharpe


Part I: Locating Community in 21st Century Leisure


1          The Enduring Relevance of Third Places

            Bradley H. Camp and Rudy Dunlap


2          Forging Connections and Community Within an Online Tennis Forum

            Nadina Ayer and Ron McCarville


3          Friendships in the Singlehood: Examining Leisure and Community for Single Adult Women

            Janet K. L. McKeown


4          Unpacking the Impact of Social Relationships on the Leisure Mobility of Millennials

            Lan Le Diem Tran, Nicole Vaugeois, and Vincent Kaufmann


5          Twitch.tv as a Vibrant Networked Community of Loose Affiliations

            Bradley Robinson and Nicholas A. Holt


6          Community as Hyperobject: Exploring the “Spectral Plains” of Leisure

            Jack Black and Jim Cherrington


Part II:  Community and Playful Performance


7          Urban Exploration and its Heterotopic “Communities”

            Kevin Bingham


8          Placemaking in the Playful City: Playing In and Playing With the Urban Environment

            Erin K. Sharpe and Troy D. Glover


9          Better Singers Together: How Older Japanese Women Build and Maintain Social Relations in Karaoke Classrooms

            Benny (Koon Fung) Tong


10        Together Apart: Second Home Leisure Communities in New Zealand

            Trudie Walters


11        Performing Community: A Case Study of the Yoga Experiences of Rural New Zealand Men

            Stephen Parker and Mike Boyes


12        Parisite Lost: The Utopian Decline of a DIY Skatepark

            Benjamin A. Shirtcliff


Part III: Leisure Communities and Their Impacts


13        Pipe-dreams and Utopian Visions: Blending Community and High Performance Sport in New Zealand Cycling and Gymnastics

            Damion Sturm, Roslyn Kerr, Robert E. Rinehart and Seònaid Espiner


14        Inside Out: The Role(s) of Leisure in the Endogenous and Exogenous Pathways to Social Capital

            Troy D. Glover, Julian F. P. Macnaughton and Steven E. Mock


15        Community Sport and Civic Engagement

            Katie E. Misener and Dawn E. Trussell


16        Envisioning Museums as Welcoming Spaces for Belonging

            Darla Fortune


17        Resisting, Reproducing, and Recreating Rurality: Leisure in Contemporary Rural   Communities

            Kyle A. Rich and Laura Misener

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Troy D. Glover is Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Erin K. Sharpe is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University, Canada.