Book Announcement: The Question of Space


The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines

Edited by Marijn Nieuwenhuis and David Crouch


Rowman & Littlefield International

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LSA EXEC ‘top picks’ from Leisure Studies: Paula Danby

This month Paula Danby shares her picks from the Leisure Studies Journal. I think this new feature is showing the diversity of research that is happening within leisure studies but also the range of interests on your committee!

Paula Danby
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Happy New Year to all of you Leisure Studies Association members. Sitting here on a cold, snowy ‘winter wonderland’ kind of day, and in the aftermath of the festive seasonal celebrations, join me in sitting back and enjoying a nice hot cup of tea, whilst indulging in a few left over seasonal chocolates and revisit some of the Leisure Studies articles that I have chosen to celebrate. I found it a difficult call, in narrowing my selection down to three papers. Anyway, here we go…  Continue reading

LSA Exec ‘top picks’ from Leisure Studies: Louise Platt

In the second of the series digital comms officer, Louise Platt shares her picks from Leisure Studies journal.

Louise Platt
Manchester Metropolitan University

I didn’t really have to think too hard for this job…although I did have to spend some time narrowing the selection down to just 3 papers. I had a think about which papers I wanted to share with you all, what might you enjoy rediscovering or who’s work did I want to celebrate.

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LSA Exec ‘top picks’ from Leisure Studies: Ian Jones

In the first of our new series, which will see the LSA executive committee select their favourite papers from Leisure Studies, Ian Jones shares his choices. We hope that this new series will get members to revisit some classics or explore new readings. We would love for you to use the comments at the end of the blog to share your thoughts of these pieces or send you thoughts to us as a blog post in response

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Leisure Reflections No. 46: The Literature Review in Exploratory Leisure Research

By Robert A. Stebbins. University of Calgary
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I think it safe to state that research on leisure is mainly quantitative, sometimes hypothesis-driven, and centered on known, previously studied questions. The place of the “lit” review in this area of investigation is well established, and certainly has good reason for existing as scientific practice. Let us call it the confirmatory lit review. What is poorly understood by comparison, is the nature and role of the lit review in exploratory research aimed at developing grounded theory, the exploratory lit review.

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Prof. Jonathan Long awarded ‘Honorary Lifetime Member’ of the LSA


Tom Fletcher, Chair of the LSA:

Over the Summer, Jonathan Long posted a message on the LSA Jiscmail informing us of his retirement from Leeds Beckett and his subsequent decision to end his membership of the LSA after some forty years of continuous membership. Upon reading this, I immediately sent an email to Spencer Swain, our Secretary asking him to add an item to the agenda of the next meeting of the Executive. That item was ‘Honorary Lifetime Membership’.

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What does geography do for us?

By David Crouch
University of Derby

What does geography do for us? A generation or two ago, it told us where, how big and when this or that site could be found. It taught us the distance between here and there. Space was distance between. Thee bitty things, fragments of facts and little understanding had some curious heritage: expeditions for exploitation, defence but equally attack. In the years before and during the second world war the excitement was focused on the ‘best’ sic use of resources for building the Nazis’ brave new world: cost efficiencies like this war vital in locating gas chambers and so on. Fellow traveller Christaller had been a major influence at the time, and in the decades that followed, became a core text, eagerly grasped by the seventies’ work on location analysis. In all of this ‘heritage’ there was little sign of human beings, only their resources. Of course, efficiency became a shared value across divergent cultures and politics during the second world war in particular, and in its aftermath, crucial times to make the best of vanishing energies and resources, that could then be put humanely to better use, yet still often more in statistical terms, increasingly the only approach to human dimensions; human life, lived experience all but deleted from human geography, yet life happens here and there, whatever happens.

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