This book gives voice to a group of leisure scholars who are engaged in conversations about sustainability. Beginning with discussions on the relationship between leisure and sustainability and how these concepts are addressed in current literature, a case is made for continued investigation of how leisure and sustainability need to be better understood; and viewed as integrally linked.
The book discusses issues related to environmental sustainability; how, at the local level, leisure is considered as a solution to a range of social, environmental, and economic issues; and the value of leisure as an asset for addressing several social sustainability challenges.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Leisure/Loisir: Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Leisure and sustainability 1. Sustainable leisure: building the civil commons 2. Is leisure research contributing to sustainability? A systematic review of the literature 3. Fictitious conservation in Canadian parks and protected areas 4. The role of leisure in integrated community sustainability plans within Canada 5. Community perceptions of the contributions of parks to sustainability in Canada 6. Social sustainability and a sense of place: harnessing the emotional and sensuous experiences of urban multicultural leisure festivals 7. A ‘good life without bells and whistles’: a case study of immigrants’ well-being and leisure and its role in social sustainability in Truro, Nova Scotia 8. Sustainability initiatives in zoos and aquariums: looking in to reach out 9. Sustaining schoolyard pedagogy through community academic partnerships
Susan Tirone is recently retired from her position as a Professor and the Undergraduate Program Associate Director in the College of Sustainability and the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada. Her research and teaching focussed on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding communities, social change, sustainability, and human leisure activities.
Elizabeth A. Halpenny is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She has research interests in tourism, marketing, environmental psychology, and protected-areas management. Prior to entering academia in 2005, she worked with the International Ecotourism Society as a Research and Workshop Coordinator.