1st Edition

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

Edited By Troy Glover, Erin K. Sharpe Copyright 2021
    218 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.