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1st Edition

Sexualities, Spaces and Leisure Studies

ISBN 9780415623322
Published September 12, 2012 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

This edited collection explores the important connections between sexualities, geographies and leisure studies. Chapters consider aspects of sport, leisure and tourism and show how sexualities are produced and reproduced within these spatial realms. The critical and interdisciplinary analyses—which are evident in the collection—focus on sexuality and the socio-cultural power relations produced through and in the spaces of leisure. These theoretical discussions are all informed by recent research findings and, importantly, extend existing debates within the fields of geography and leisure studies. A range of appropriate and relevant topics are covered, including critical debate on sexism, homophobic, heterosexism and heteronormativity as well as specific LGBT experiences of sport spectatorship, socialising, Mardi Gras and skiing. This book offers a unique collection and it is the first of its kind.

This book was published as a special issue of Leisure Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sexy spaces: geography and leisure intersectionalities  2. ‘Does your boyfriend know you’re here?’ The spatiality of homophobia in men’s football culture in the UK  3. Queering skiing and camping up nature in Queenstown: Aotearoa New Zealand's Gay Ski Week  4. Lesbian visibility and the politics of covering in women’s basketball game spaces  5. ‘We will show you Berlin’: space, leisure, flânerie and sexuality  6. We are here to party? Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans leisurescapes beyond commercial gay scenes  7. ‘Fornicating on floats’? The cultural politics of the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade beyond the metropolis  8. A ‘sexy space’ for women? Heterosexual women’s experiences of a male strip show venue  9. ‘Sexercise’: working out heterosexuality in Jane Fonda’s fitness books 

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Jayne Caudwell teaches socio-cultural approaches to sport and leisure at the University of Brighton. She is editor of Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory and Women’s Football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses.

Kath Browne teaches social and cultural geographies at the University of Brighton. She is co-editor of Queer Methodologies and Geographies of Sexualities and co-author of Queer Spiritual Spaces.


"This is a well put-together volume which will not only make a worthy contribution to academic libraries, but also cement further interdisciplinary research among leisure studies, geography and sexuality within the academy." – Jonah Bury, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol, UK, published in Annals of Leisure Research