Leisure and Urban Processes: Critical Studies of Leisure Policy in Western European Cities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Leisure and Urban Processes

Critical Studies of Leisure Policy in Western European Cities, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Bramham, Ian Henry, Hans Mommaas, Hugo van der Poel


326 pages

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First published in 1989. Focusing on leisure and policy in West European cities, this interdisciplinary study is written by leading policy analysts and academics from six European Community states: Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The emergence of leisure as a significant area of public policy in both developed and developing economies has been recognised only relatively recently, and this book was the first to deal with urban leisure policy in a European context.

Common themes in this study include the use of tourism as a strategic tool for the economic regeneration of cities, leisure as a vehicle of community development and of social integration, and the role of leisure in the development of socialist municipal policy programmes. This book should be of interest to policy makers in local government, lecturers and students of development, tourism, economics, and urban studies.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors; Preface; Introduction Peter Bramham, Ian Henry, Hans Mommaas and Hugo van der Poel; Part One: Leisure, Politics and the City; 1. Cultural Policy and Urban Social Movements: The Response of the ‘New Left’ in Rome (1976-85) and London (1981-86) Franco Bianchini 2. Leisure Policy and the Quality of Life in Athens Fouli Papageorgiou 3. Central Government Policy in France under the Socialist Administration 1981-86 Linda Hantrais 4. Cultural Policy and Sports Policy in Brussels Eric Corijn, Dominique Danau and Livin Bollaert; Part Two: Urban Initiatives in Leisure and Sport; 5. Leisure Education and the Antwerp School System Eric Corijn and Marc Theeboom 6. Unemployment and Leisure: A Case-Study of Nijmegen Adri Dietvorst 7. Sports Policy Initiatives in Rotterdam: Targeting Disadvantaged Groups Sjoerd Rijpma and Henk Meiburg 8. Public Sector Sport and Recreation Initiatives for the Unemployment in Britain’s Inner Cities Sue Glyptis 9. Community Recreation: New Wine in Old Bottles Les Haywood and Frank Kew; Part Three: Leisure and Socio-Spatial Structure; 10. Urban Development, Leisure Facilities, and the Inner City: A Case-Study of Inner Leeds and Bradford John Spink 11. Outdoor Recreation and Development in the Lille and Bassin Minier Region (Northern France) Jean-Michel Dewailly 12. Inner Cities and Urban Tourism in the Netherlands: New Challenges for Local Authorities Myriam Jansen-Verbeke 13. Changes in Economy, Politics and Lifestyles: An Essay on the Restructuring of Urban Leisure Hans Mommaas and Hugo can der Poel 14. Leisure and Urban Processes: Conclusion Peter Bramham, Ian Henry, Hans Mommaas and Hugo van der Poel; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1968 and 1997, this 24 volume set offers a selection of scholarship on urban studies. Topics include urban policy, urban economics, and identity and poverty in urban communities. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and urban studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban