1st Edition

Leisure and Wellbeing

Edited By Louise Mansfield, Norma Daykin Copyright 2023
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides an interdisciplinary collection of theoretical and methodological contributions critically exploring the connections between leisure and wellbeing. It expands the field of leisure studies to highlight the contribution of international scholars to a developing agenda in leisure and wellbeing research. Authors from many different countries engage with the complexity of subjective wellbeing through the lenses of diverse leisure cultures. Collectively, the chapters represent rigorous high-quality social science research, informed by innovative methods that can build knowledge about the intricate ways leisure cultures and subjective wellbeing are related to each other. The book serves to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the complexity of wellbeing experiences, and the diversity of contexts in which wellbeing is enhanced or reduced through taking part in leisure pursuits.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Leisure Studies.

    Introduction: Leisure and wellbeing 
    Louise Mansfield and Norma Daykin 
    1. Questioning hierarchies in knowledge and advocacy for well-being policy: Re-using overlooked free text data reveals the importance of leisure to people’s understanding of well-being 
    Susan Oman 
    2. Adventure recreation and subjective well-being: a conceptual framework 
    Susan Houge Mackenzie and Ken Hodge 
    3. Using urban woodlands and forests as places for improving the mental well-being of people with dementia 
    Mandy Cook 
    4. Locating leisure as the route to well-being: challenges of researching women’s leisure in Turkey 
    Gökben Demirbaş 
    5. Participatory music-making and well-being within immigrant cultural practice: exploratory case studies in South East Queensland, Australia 
    Melissa Cain, Lauren Istvandity and Ali Lakhani 
    6. Coastal blue space and wellbeing research: looking beyond western tides 
    Belinda Wheaton, Jordan Waiti, Marg Cosgriff and Lisette Burrows 
    7. The Kumulipo, Native Hawaiians, and well-being: how the past speaks to the present and lays the foundation for the future 
    Karen M. Fox and Lisa McDermott 
    8. The relationships between leisure and happiness-A graphic elicitation method 
    Huimei Liu and Shuyang Da 
    9. Empirical investigation of the relationship between serious leisure and meaning in life among Japanese and Euro-Canadians 
    Shintaro Kono, Eiji Ito and Jingjing Gui 
    10. Empirical research on leisure and spiritual well-being: conceptualisation, measurement and findings 
    Paul Heintzman 
    11. Well-being and leisure-time physical activity psychosocial factors predict physical activity among university students 
    Cindy L. Hartman, Robert J. Barcelona, Nate E. Trauntvein and Stacey L. Hall 


    Louise Mansfield is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse in the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between communities, sport, and public health and wellbeing. She has conducted her work with diverse population groups in different contexts and has over 15 years’ experience of leading multidisciplinary and cross-sector research projects. Louise is known for developing evidence to inform policy and practice.

    Norma Daykin is Professor Emerita in Arts in Health at the University of the West of England, UK. She is a Social Scientist known for her award-winning research on arts, health and well-being. Her research has spanned a wide range of methodologies and topics, from the impact of hospital design on patient wellbeing through to the impact of participatory arts in mental health, primary care, community, and justice settings.