Meanings of Leisure Across Cultures in This Globalizing World

Monday, 16 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC13 Sociology of Leisure (host committee)

Language: English

What does “leisure” mean across cultures? Although leisure is the key target in sociology of leisure, and more broadly leisure studies, it has been a difficult task, if not impossible, to address this question given how diverse our cultures are (e.g., Liu, Yeh, Chick, & Zinn, 2008; Watkins, 2010; Ito & Walker, 2014). Moreover, the phenomenon of globalization adds another layer of challenge as our cultures have rapidly evolved as they meet different cultures (e.g., Rowe, 2006). Against this background, this session is based on the premise that understanding and discussing what “leisure” means, and constant efforts to do so, is the heart of leisure studies. This session welcomes both theoretical and empirical works that help us understand the meanings of “leisure” across cultures. Culture herein ranges from subculture within a particular group of leisure participants to a regional or even global culture. Papers should also reflect on the various implications for leisure as a site where power, violence and justice are exercised, challenged and re-produced, allowing it to facilitate both positive (e.g., well-being, awareness, social justice) and negative (e.g., discrimination, injustice; Stewart, 2014, and see other articles in this special issue) effects for its participants. We also look forward to seeing submissions from various types of scholarships, including (but not limited to) sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, and social psychology. Lastly, we specifically encourage young scholars from all parts of the globe to submit their works to this session.
Session Organizers:
Shintaro KONO, University of Alberta, Canada and Mira MALICK, Waseda University, Japan
Shintaro KONO, University of Alberta, Canada
Mira MALICK, Waseda University, Japan
Oral Presentations
Leisure Engagement and Disengagement in Contemporary Finland
Riie HEIKKILÄ, University of Tampere, Finland
Leisure Conceptualizations in China and Canada
Jingjing GUI, University of Alberta, Canada; Gordon WALKER, University of Alberta, Canada; Howard HARSHAW, University of Alberta, Canada
Leisure in the 'less Known World': A Study of Leisure and Recreation Among the Van Gujjar Tribes of India
Onima SHARMA, D.A.V. (PG) College, Dehradun; Uttarakhand, India; Archana PAL, DAV (PG) College Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Leisure in Youth University Lifestyle. Prospects and Trends Among Audiences Brazilian, Portuguese and South African
Ana Cláudia COUTO, UFMG - Brazil, Brazil; Salomé MARIVOET, CPES - Centro de Pesquisa e Estudos Sociais da ULHT, Portugal; Maurício COUTO, CEFET-MG, Brazil; Kátia LEMOS, Federal University of Minas Gerais - Studies Group of Sociology Pedagogy of Sports and leisure - GESPEL / UFMG, Brazil
Unequal Leisure Opportunities across Genders – Powerless Women!?
Klara TARKO, Institute of Applied Health Sciences and Health Promotion, Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education, University of Szeged, Hungary; Zsuzsanna BENKO, University of Szeged, Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education, Hungary
Distributed Papers