geography of leisure

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Leisure and consumption have become major forces in contemporary society, with social, economic, and geographical implications (Dodson (2000) Tijdschrift 91, 4). Geographies of leisure study the relationships between leisure and other social practices and behaviours related to human movement; the spaces produced by leisure activities (gardens, heritage sites, parks, theme parks, and so on) and the meanings given to these spaces, together with the spatial patterns of people's behaviour in their free time. See Hubbard et al. (2008) PHG32, 3 on the urban geography of ‘adult entertainment’ (yes, really) and Jayne et al. (2008) PHG32, 2 on geographies of alcohol and drunkenness. D. Crouch (1999) sees leisure, tourism, travel, recreation, time off work, holidaying (however the activity is labelled) as an ‘encounter’; between people and places, people and people, people and nature, and people and their past.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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