1st Edition

Leisure and Food

Edited By Heather Mair, Jennifer Sumner Copyright 2015
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    Leisure and food seem to be a natural fit, but the recent, unprecedented focus on all aspects of food has not been reflected in the field of leisure studies. This book is the first to combine these vital aspects of human interest by exploring the interface between leisure and food in a number of areas. For example, it examines sports nutrition products, which straddle the boundary between junk and food. It also looks into hosting sustainable meals, and what eaters can learn about sustainable food choices and food citizenship. It visits ethnic restaurants and inquires about the authenticity of eatertainment experiences from both the supply and demand side. And it takes up gardening, while investigating questions of food security, social capital, gardening narratives and the role of place. The book concludes with a dynamic reflection that sums up these leisure and food practices and sites, and challenges us to continue these debates.

    This book was published as a special issue of Leisure/Loisir.

    1. Critical encounters: introduction to special issue on leisure and food  Heather Mair and Jennifer Sumner

    2. “Just” desserts: an interpretive analysis of sports nutrition marketing  Joylin Namie and Russell Warne

    3. Promoting sustainable food and food citizenship through an adult education leisure experience  Alan Warner, Edith Callaghan and Cate de Vreede

    4. Epitomizing the “other” in ethnic eatertainment experiences  Deepak Chhabra, Woojin Lee and Shengnan Zhao

    5. Gardening in green space for environmental justice: food security, leisure and social capital  Rob Porter and Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

    6. Growing in place: the interplay of urban agriculture and place sentiment  Rudy Dunlap, Justin Harmon and Gerard Kyle

    7. Tending to the soil: autobiographical narrative inquiry of gardening  Michael J. Dubnewick, Karen M. Fox and D. Jean Clandinin

    8. Cooking up a storm: politics, labour and bodies  Elaine Swan


    Heather Mair teaches in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research interests include critical investigations of leisure in the context of community-building, which includes food, sport, and tourism.

    Jennifer Sumner teaches in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE/University of Toronto, Canada. She has co-edited Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, writes about food and learning, and teaches a course called The Pedagogy of Food.