Leisure, City and Territory: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC13 Sociology of Leisure (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

Even though we still have many rural contexts in the world, especially in the geopolitical South, urban spaces are one of the century’s most important leisure spaces, as more people across the world live, work and do leisure in cities. The rise of urban spaces have transformed leisure lives and leisure activities. Cities provide individuals and communities with new opportunities to purse different and new leisure activities. But cities are also places in which leisure is controlled and constrained, or turned into a marker of wealth and privilege. Contemporary leisure in cities and territories (where the political dimension of the space prevails), then, is a important key site of struggles over belonging, identity and meaning around the world. In this session we would welcome papers with a historical focus, or those that problematize current social, political, economic, cultural and environmental issues, such as "gentrification" that occurs rapidly in several contexts of the world today.

Hay contextos rurales en el mundo, especialmente en el Sur geopolítico, pero los espacios urbanos son algunos de los espacios de ocio más significativos del siglo XXI. El ocio contemporáneo en las ciudades y territorios (donde prevalece la dimensión política del espacio) es un importante sitio clave de las luchas por pertenencia, identidad y significado en el mundo. Esta sesión recibirá artículos con enfoque histórico, social, político, económico, cultural y ambiental, como la "gentrificación" que ocurre rápidamente en varios contextos.

Session Organizer:
Karl SPRACKLEN, School of Film, Music and Performing Arts, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Social Inequality and Symbolic Violence in the History of Public Parks in the U.S.
KangJae (Jerry) LEE, North Carolina State University, USA; Myron FLOYD, North Carolina State University, USA; David SCOTT, Texas A&M University, USA
Hockey Arenas, the ‘Public Good’ and Reconciliatory Indigenous Art: The Case of Edmonton
Judy DAVIDSON, University of Alberta, Canada; Jay SCHERER, University of Alberta, Canada; Rylan KAFARA, University of Alberta, Canada
Urban Revitalization in Central Areas and Gentrification: The Cases of Brazilian Large Cities and of the Sapucaí Street, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Clarissa VELOSO, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Luciana ANDRADE, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Youth Newcomer Settlement in TO2015 Shadow Host Communities
Caroline FUSCO, University of Toronto, Canada; Gregory YERASHOTIS, University of Toronto, Canada
Sounds from Istanbul’s Old Beer Factory: The Case of Bomontiada
Ceren MERT, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Boundary Maintenance, Leisure Spaces, and "Respectable Segregation": The Case of an Urban LGBTQ Neighborhood
Eric KNEE, Indiana University, School of Public Health, Bloomington, USA
Factors Influencing the Image of an Urban Tourist Destination By Gay Tourists: The Case-Study of Tel-Aviv
Yechezkel (Hezi) ISRAELI, Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Kinneret Academic College, Israel; Liron SHALOM, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Israel
Distributed Papers
Parks and Livability: Exploration of Leisure Time Activities
Naina SHARMA, University of Rajasthan, India