Transforming Leisure in the Pandemic: Re-imagining Interaction and Activity during Crisis

Briony Sharp* (Editor), Rebecca Finkel (Editor), Katherine Dashper (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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This is the first book to critically explore international leisure during the COVID-19 pandemic. It analyses the ways in which the pandemic has impacted upon our leisure practices and our leisure lives, focusing on three key spaces - public, private, and digital. The book seeks to understand how changes in leisure have led to transformations in the ways we have had to 'do' and 'redo' activities, such as incorporating digitalisation and distancing measures, as well as dealing with restrictions on social interaction, gatherings, and cultural activities. It presents a series of case studies covering topics as diverse as music festivals, theatre on-screen, walking, static cycling, smartphone use, holidays, and the 'lockdown leisure' of pre-school children, including people across the life course, from young children to older retired people. The book discusses changes in patterns of behaviour, leisure experiences, and leisure environments worldwide and critically re-evaluates what leisure is and what it means in contemporary societies. It illustrates both the significant impact the pandemic has had on leisure and the important role leisure plays in helping support and maintain individual and community well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages226
ISBN (Electronic)97810003262503
ISBN (Print)9781032201580, 9781032201566
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Critical Leisure Studies


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