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Description - Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure by Sam Elkington

We are entering a new era of leisure. Quality rather than quantity is now the focus of researchers, policymakers and managers. Technological change, an ageing population and a harsh economic climate are changing the values and practices of leisure, as well as the relationship between leisure, society and the individual.

Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure uses a variety of disciplinary approaches to introduce the most important trends in contemporary leisure in the Twenty-First Century. With contributions from some of the leading international figures in modern leisure studies, the book examines key philosophical and theoretical debates around leisure, with reference to concepts such as happiness, enjoyment and quality of life, as well as the most interesting contemporary themes in leisure studies, from youth leisure and 'dark' leisure to technology and adventure.

Understanding changes in leisure helps us to better understand changes in wider society. Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure is a perfect companion to any course in leisure studies, and useful reading for any student or scholar working in sociology, cultural studies, recreation, tourism, sport, or social psychology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415829892
ISBN-10: 0415829895
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 282
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sam Elkington

Sam Elkington is a senior lecturer in Sport Management and a teaching fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. His research reflects his interests in phenomenology and pedagogy, namely, the social psychological dimensions of sport and leisure experiences and the nature, policy and practice of sport and leisure education. Sean J. Gammon is based in the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors at the University of Lancashire, UK. He is widely published in the area of sport-related tourism and continues to explore the linkages between sport, nostalgia and heritage. In addition he has researched the effectiveness of applying autotelic structures in the delivery of higher education courses to improve student creativity.

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