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Leisure Studies in a Global Era

Leisure as Source of Knowledge, Social Resilience and Public Commitment

Specialized Play

Authors: Kjølsrød, Lise

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  • Offers a strong theoretical basis, as well as empirical illustration and analysis based on new studies of collectors and collecting, bird-watching, backpacking, role-playing and more; interviews with key informants; biographies and online presentations.
  • Views play as a basis for social relations and knowledge building across national and international boundaries.
  • Analyses why citizens prefer mediated forms of action to the more direct forms that are usually observed in social science research.
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About this book

This book provides a bottom-up contribution to contemporary political and cultural theory, by presenting leisure activities as a democratic arena. 

Where much of the existing literature on leisure and play views participants as consumers, Kjølsrød presents these people as producers, who conduct micro-processes of social protection, become informed and skilled, and achieve influence via complex leisure. Through an in-depth analysis of a range of leisure practices, this book demonstrates where players belong in the political landscapes of modern democracies. 

Leisure as Source of Knowledge, Social Resilience and Public Commitment will be of interest to students and scholars of leisure, recreational, and cultural studies, as well as sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists studying identity construction, emerging social worlds, and novel channels of political participation in contemporary society.

About the authors

Lise Kjølsrød is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oslo, Norway

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Hidden Democracy

    Kjølsrød, Lise

    Pages 1-32

  • Structural Dynamics and Bounding Potential

    Kjølsrød, Lise

    Pages 33-59

  • Conceptions of Complex Leisure

    Kjølsrød, Lise

    Pages 61-82

  • Collectivity, Poetics, and Agency

    Kjølsrød, Lise

    Pages 83-99

  • Contingent Activism, Mediated Through Play

    Kjølsrød, Lise

    Pages 101-122

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-46287-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-46286-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Leisure as Source of Knowledge, Social Resilience and Public Commitment
Book Subtitle
Specialized Play
Authors
Series Title
Leisure Studies in a Global Era
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46287-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46287-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46286-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 174
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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