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Mapping Leisure

Studies from Australia, Asia and Africa

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  • Includes contributions by major scholars of the sociology of leisure
  • Provides historical and contemporary perspectives on leisure practices
  • Provides a unique comparative lens to the understanding of leisure across time and space

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This volume addresses the rich and varied thoughts, concepts, approaches and leisure practices in sixteen countries of three continents---Australia, Asia and Africa. The chapters showcase the diversity in the forms and ways in which the idea and practice of leisure have developed across space and time. However, the common thread through the chapters is that concepts and practices of leisure are found all over the world, from pre-historic settlements to the present-day consumer societies. Seemingly, being at leisure is a capacity of the human species present at birth and which develops in a variety of individual and societal contexts. Even in situations where leisure gets little official recognition as being an aspect of life---such as under colonial rule or in extremely work-centric societies---it needs to be contextually understood. This is a welcome addition to the literature on leisure studies from a global and comparative perspective.  

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Australia

Editors and Affiliations

  • India International Institute of Social Sciences, Jaipur, India

    Ishwar Modi

  • WLRA International Centre of Excellence, Breda, The Netherlands

    Teus J. Kamphorst

About the editors

Ishwar Modi (late) was Director, India International Institute of Social Sciences. He was also the Founder Director, Centre for Leisure and Tourism Studies, University of Rajasthan and a Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur. A pioneer of leisure studies in India, he was an Honorary Life Member of the World Leisure Organization and also a Senior Fellow and Founder Member of the World Leisure Academy. He was an Executive Committee Member of the International Sociological Association and was the President of its Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure. He was also the President of the Indian Sociological Society (2012–2013). He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award (2015) of the Indian Sociological Society. 

Teus J. Kamphorst was Director of the WLRA International Centre of Excellence (WICE) in the Netherlands which has produced several students of eminence in the field of leisure, tourism and environment.He was also the President of the Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure of the International Sociological Association. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mapping Leisure

  • Book Subtitle: Studies from Australia, Asia and Africa

  • Editors: Ishwar Modi, Teus J. Kamphorst

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-10-3631-6Published: 15 February 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-10-9926-7Published: 07 June 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-10-3632-3Published: 06 February 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 309

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Sport and Leisure, Positive Psychology, Popular Culture

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