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Serious Leisure and Nature

Sustainable Consumption in the Outdoors

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  • © 2011


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Table of contents (8 chapters)


About this book

Leisure activities undertaken in nature are immensely popular. This book examines the new serious leisure concept of nature challenge activity (NCA), exploring how NCA unfolds in an aesthetically appealing natural environment with implications for consumption and environmental sustainability.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Lee Davidson

  • University of Calgary, Canada

    Robert A. Stebbins

About the authors

LEE DAVIDSON Senior Lecturer in the Museum & Heritage Studies programme at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, were she has been teaching courses in leisure studies, visitor experience and research methods since 1998. She has published journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on mountaineering, natural heritage, visitor studies, sustainable tourism and outdoor education. 
ROBERT A. STEBBINS, FRSC, is Faculty Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, Canada. His academic career spans 47 years, 37 of which have been devoted to studying leisure. He has written 37 books, the most recent being Leisure and Consumption: Common Ground, Separate Worlds.

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