1st Edition

Leisure and Forced Migration Lives Lived in Asylum Systems

Edited By Nicola De Martini Ugolotti, Jayne Caudwell Copyright 2022
    222 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a timely and critical exploration of leisure and forced migration from multiple disciplinary perspectives, spanning sociology, gender studies, migration studies and anthropology. It engages with perspectives and experiences that unsettle and oppose dehumanising and infantilising binaries surrounding forced migrants in contemporary society.

     The book presents cutting edge research addressing three inter-related themes: spaces and temporalities; displaced bodies and intersecting inequalities; voices, praxis and (self)representation. Drawing on and expanding critical leisure studies perspectives on class, gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity, the book spotlights leisure and how it can interrogate and challenge dominant narratives, practices and assumptions on forced migration and lives lived in asylum systems. Furthermore, it contributes to current debates on the scope, relevance and aims of leisure studies within the present, unfolding global scenario.

    This is an important resource for students and scholars across leisure, sport, gender, sociology, anthropology and migration studies. It is also a valuable read for practitioners, advocates and community organisers addressing issues of forced migration and sanctuary.

    1          Leisure and forced migration: Lives lived in asylum systems

                Nicola De Martini Ugolotti and Jayne Caudwell


    Part I: Spaces and temporalities


    2          Informal football spaces and the negotiation of temporal politics in the lives of forced migrants

                Chris Webster and Khaled Abunaama


    3          A spatial-phenomenological analysis of asylum seeking women's engagement in a cycling recreation program

                Shahrzad Mohammadi


    4          Thick leisure: Waiting time in a migratory context

                Donatella Schmidt and Giovanna Palutan


    5          “We’re the (global) North Bank…”: Transnational fandom, forced migration and football consumption

                Chris Stone


    Part II: Displaced bodies and intersecting inequalities


    6          Leisure provision for LGBTIQ+ refugees: Opportunities and constraints on building solidarity and citizenship across differences in Brazil

                Nadyne Venturini-Trindade


    7          Granted asylum and healthy living: Women newcomers’ experiences of accessing leisure time physical activity in Denmark

                Sine Agergaard, Verena Lenneis, Camilla Bakkær Simonsen and Knud Ryom


    8          Pain, faith and yoga: An intersectional-phenomenological perspective on Syrian Muslim women’s experiences of resettlement in Sweden

                Claire Collison and Nicola De Martini Ugolotti


    9          Voices from the margins: Khat-chewing, devotional leisure and ambivalence in the British-Somali diaspora

                Spencer Swain


    Part III: Voices, praxis, and (self)representation


    10        Decolonial stories of forced migrants in physical activity and sport: “We the Afghan kids”

                Sepandarmaz Mashreghi with Yasmin, Hassan, Ali, Mohammad


    11        A different approach to making theatre with refugees: A refuge from being a refugee

                Aqeel Abdulla


    12        A Shia Ismaili Muslim ringette experiences on and off the ice: An autoethnography

                Shemine A. Gulamhusein


    Nicola De Martini Ugolotti is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Physical Cultures at Bournemouth University, UK, and a member of Associazione Frantz Fanon in Turin, Italy.

    Jayne Caudwell is Associate Professor in Social Sciences, Gender and Sexualities in the Department of Social Sciences and Social Work at Bournemouth University, UK.

    "Overall, this book would be valuable for both researchers and practitioners in organisations dealing with forced migration, as well as policymakers, in that forced migrants should not be depicted as passive victims waiting to be ‘assisted’ or ‘protected’ by others, but as people actively seeking to hold on to their own agency via leisure. It also opens up a research niche in leisure studies in that forced migrants are among the agents in this domain." – Pui Yan Flora Lau, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Leisure Studies