New Book Series from Palgrave Macmillan: Leisure Studies in a Global Era

posted 3 May 2013, 05:29 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 4 Aug 2014, 08:20 ]

Series Editors: Professor Karl Spracklen and Professor Karen Fox 

In this book series, we defend leisure as a meaningful, theoretical, framing concept; and critical studies of leisure as a worthwhile intellectual and pedagogical activity. This is what makes this book series distinctive: we want to enhance the discipline of leisure studies and open it up to a richer range of ideas; and, conversely, we want sociology, cultural geographies and other social sciences and humanities to open up to engaging with critical and rigorous arguments from leisure studies. Getting beyond concerns about the grand project of leisure, we will use the series to demonstrate that leisure theory is central to understanding wider debates about identity, postmodernity and globalisation in contemporary societies across the world. The series combines the search for local, qualitatively rich accounts of everyday leisure with the international reach of debates in politics, leisure and social and cultural theory. In doing this, we will show that critical studies of leisure can and should continue to play a central role in understanding society. The scope will be global, striving to be truly international and truly diverse in the range of authors and topics. 

The first book in the series, Whiteness and Leisure, will be published this summer (see attached). 

We are keen to hear from leisure scholars with ideas for monographs or edited collections for this series. 

For more information or to make an inquiry about a possible book project, contact Karl Spracklen, K.Spracklen@leedsmet.ac.uk, or Andrew James at Palgrave Macmillan, A.James@palgrave.com