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Editors: Dr Daniel Turner and Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho (University of the West of Scotland)

Rationale for Publication

The editors have been approached by Routledge and asked to consider developing an edited collection surrounding interactions between lifestyle sports and the public policy arena to be published as part of their Research Monographs series.

The lifestyle sports terrain has seen considerable research published in recent years (see Wheaton, 2004; 2013) with a great deal of focus placed on issues of identity, representation and community within this field. However, despite calls for a greater focus on the interactions between lifestyle sports and public policy, (Tomlinson et al, 2005), reflected in the growing body of individual studies of various sports across the globe (for example: Carr, 2010; Dumas and Laforest, 2009; Gilchrist and Wheaton, 2011; Jenson et al, 2012), there is still a lack of collected works in this field. This proposed publication would attempt to bring together these rich individual stories, whilst providing an overarching analysis of the key issues and implications emerging from this increasing interaction between policy and lifestyle sports.

Proposed Book Structure

The intended focus of the book is on the increasing interactions between lifestyle sports and the state in its broadest conceptualisation. Authors are encouraged to give consideration to the provision (directly or indirectly) of spaces and places for lifestyle sports by the state, the use of such activities to promote policy agendas aimed at the individual (e.g. health, education, inclusion) or societal (e.g destination promotion, regeneration) levels; or the regulation of such activities. Each chapter should make use of a significant case study of one particular sport or policy intervention and should detail the background to the case as well as developing a theoretically informed discussion linking the local situation to a broader set of issues impacting on the field of lifestyle sports. It is anticipated that the book will be divided into three main parts:

Provision and Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the direct and indirect provision of lifestyle sports by the state. Consideration may be given, among other issues, to the funding of such activity via a range of state-related mechanisms or the creation and management of facilities.

Promotion and Lifestyle Sports- chapters in this section will examine the use of lifestyle sports to promote policy agendas. This may include direct influence on participants via interventions relating to key issues such as social inclusion or health promotion, but could also extend to the promotion of a civic agenda and themes such as urban regeneration or destination promotion.

Policing Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the regulation of lifestyle sports by policy makers. Issues which could be examined could include the regulation of access to space and places, health and safety agendas and the management of risk within facilities.

It is expected that the book will consist of 12-15 chapters split evenly across the themes, each chapter consisting of approximately 6-7,000 words including references.

The Editors

Dr Daniel Turner is the Senior Lecturer for Events and Tourism and the University of the West of Scotland. His PhD research examined the funding and provision of adventure recreation facilities in Scotland, focussing specifically on skateparks and his published work in this field examines the inevitable conflict between lifestyle sports participants and policy makers.

Turner, D., (2013), ‘The Civilised Skateboarder and the Sports Funding Hegemony: A Case Study of Alternative Sport’ in Sport and Society Cultures, Commerce, Media and Politics; Vol 16, Iss 10, pp1248-1262

Turner, D., (2012), ‘Skate Conform or Die: The Conflict of Lifestyle Sports Identity and Public Policy’ in Hughson, K., Skillen, F., and Palmer, C. (eds) Sport and Social Identity: Studies from the Field’ , Lewison NY: Edwin Mellen Press

Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho is the is a Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Events Management and BA Tourism Management at the University of the West of Scotland and his main academic interests are: sport tourism, adventure tourism, serious leisure, volunteering, and emotional labour. Sandro has published articles in journals including Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management. He is also a member of the International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil, on the Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, and he is the Treasurer of the Leisure Studies Association.

Carnicelli-Filho, S (2013) The Emotional Life of Adventure Guides. Annals of Tourism Research, 43:192-209.

Carnicelli-Filho, S (2010) Rafting guides: leisure, work and lifestyle. Annals of Leisure Research. 13(1&2): 282-297

Carnicelli-Filho, S., Schwartz, G.M., Tahara, A.K. (2010) Fear and Adventure Tourism in Brazil. Tourism Management. 31(6): 953-956

Submission Guidelines and Key Dates

Abstracts should be 300-500 words (excluding indicative referencing) and should detail the broad focus of the chapter, the nature of the case study under investigation and a brief outline of the expected theoretical contribution. In addition, please submit a brief biography for the author(s).

Abstracts should be submitted to Daniel Turner (Daniel.Turner@uws.ac.uk) by Friday January 30th.

As the text is still to be formally approved by Routledge an exact schedule for publication cannot be provided at this point. However the indicative timeline to publication is as follows:

Early January 2015 – Abstract submission

Late January 2015 – Acceptance of abstracts
Late February 2015 – Proposal submission to Routledge
Early April 2015 – Confirmation of proposal acceptance
Late September 2015 – Submission of chapters
Spring 2016 – Publication of book

Indicative references:

Carr, J., (2010), ‘Legal Geographies – Skating Around the Edge of the Law: Urban Skateboarding and the Role of Law in Determining Young Peoples’ Place in the City’ in Urban Geography, Vol 31., No 7, pp988-1003

Dumas, A. and Laforest, S., (2009), ‘Skateparks as a Health Resource: Are They as Dangerous as They Look?’ in Leisure Studies, Vol 28, No 1, pp19-34

Gilchrist, P. and Wheaton, B., (2011), ‘Lifestyle Sport, Public Policy and Youth Engagement: Examining the Emergence of Parkour’ in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Vol 3, Iss 1, pp109-131

Jenson, A., Swords, J. and Jeffries, M., (2012), ‘The Accidental Youth Club: Skateboarding in Newcastle-Gateshead’ in Journal of Urban Design, Vol 17, Iss 3, pp371-388

Tomlinson, A., Ravenscroft, N., Wheaton, B. and Gilchrist, P., (2005), ‘Lifestyle Sports and National Sports Policy: An Agenda for Research’, Report to SportEngland, University of Brighton

Wheaton, B., (2004), ‘Understanding Lifestyle Sports: Consumption, Identity and Difference’, London: Routledge

Wheaton, B., (2013), ‘The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports’, London: Routledge