1st Edition

Multispecies Leisure: Human-Animal Interactions in Leisure Landscapes

Edited By Paula Danby, Katherine Dashper, Rebecca Finkel Copyright 2021
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Multispecies Leisure: Human-Animal Interactions in Leisure Landscapes seeks to ‘bring the animal in’ to the leisure studies domain and contribute to greater understanding of leisure as a complex, interwoven multispecies phenomenon.

    The emerging multidisciplinary field of human-animal studies encourages researchers to move beyond narrow focus on human-centric practices and ways of being in the world, and to recognise that human and non-human beings are positioned within shared ecological, social, cultural and political spaces. With some exceptions, leisure studies has been slow to embrace the ‘animal turn’ and consider how leisure actions, experiences and landscapes are shaped through multispecies encounters between humans, other animals, birds and insects, plants and environment. This book begins to address this gap by presenting research that considers leisure as more-than-human experiences. The authors consider leisure with nonhuman others (e.g. dogs, horses), affecting those others (e.g. environmental concerns) and affected by the non-human (e.g. landscape, weather), by exploring the ‘contact zones’ between humans and other species. Thus, this work contributes to greater understanding of leisure as a complex, multispecies phenomenon.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a Special Issue of the Leisure Studies.

    1. Multispecies leisure: human-animal interactions in leisure landscapes

    Paula Danby, Katherine Dashper and Rebecca Finkel

    2. Individuals, instinct and moralities: exploring multi-species leisure using the serious leisure perspective

    Carmel Nottle and Janette Young

    3. Tuesdays with Worry: appreciating nature with a dog at the end of life

    Justin Harmon

    4. Sport horse leisure and the phenomenology of interspecies embodiment

    Andrea Ford

    5. Relating to reptiles: an autoethnographic account of animal–leisure relationships

    Kevin Markwell

    6. Dance with a fish? Sensory human-nonhuman encounters in the waterscape of match fishing

    Vesa Markuksela and Anu Valtonen

    7. Shared spaces on the street: a multispecies ethnography of ex-racing greyhound street collections in South Wales, UK

    Kerry L. Sands

    8. What’s in it for the cats?: cat shows as serious leisure from a multispecies perspective

    Emily Stone

    9. An ecological-phenomenological perspective on multispecies leisure and the horse-human relationship in events

    Katherine Dashper and Eric Brymer

    10. Becoming horseboy(s) – human-horse relations and intersectionality in equiscapes

    Eva Linghede

    11. An exploratory study of British Millennials’ attitudes to the use of live animals in events

    Elena Marinova and Dorothy Fox

    12. A predator in the park: mixed methods analysis of user preference for coyotes in urban parks

    Jackson Wilson and Jeff Rose


    Paula Danby is currently a Student and Foundation Liaison Manager within the MDU and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was previously Lecturer in International Tourism Management at Queen Margaret University. Her research focuses on human-animal relations and experiences within leisure and tourism environments, particularly equestrian tourism. Her work explores human-animal interactions for mutual wellbeing.

    Katherine Dashper is Reader and Director of Research Degrees at Leeds Beckett University. Her research applies a critical sociological lens to examine practices of work and leisure, particularly focusing on gender issues and interspecies encounters. Her multispecies research focuses mainly on human-horse interactions and she is author of Human-animal relationships in equestrian sport and leisure (Routledge, 2017).

    Rebecca Finkel is Reader and School Head of Research at Queen Margaret University and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Main focus of research frames critical events studies within conceptualisations of social justice, equality and diversity, and cultural identity. New research explores the relational wellbeing dimensions of human-animal interactions in events, tourism, and leisure contexts.