Community Development: Applications for Leisure, Sport, and Tourism [ebook]

Applications for Leisure, Sport and Tourism
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Editor(s): Erin Sharpe
Heather Mair
Felice Yuen

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This book takes up a range of factors affecting the relationship between community development and recreation: planning assumptions and structures, class and racial influences on engagement processes, grassroots approaches, critical consciousness through young adult literature, questions about the relationship between community and economic development, and issues of inclusion, social justice, and community empowerment.

In a world of diversity and fluidity, the challenge for leisure/recreation practitioners and scholars becomes more complex and potentially exciting if we can become comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity.

The term "community development" in a globalized and diverse world is problematic and carries with it a history of colonialism, Western expansion and hegemony, and neo-liberal agendas in addition to being situated in a changing contentious world with nation-states and minority groups struggling over control.

This volume initiates a discussion about the ways leisure, sport, and tourism might conceptualize the relationship with community development. The volume builds upon existing research and programs, extends or reframes theoretical approaches, questions, and posits alternative frameworks for playing with the intersection of community development, leisure, sport and tourism.

Its strength and relevance comes from the authors' willingness to seriously and playfully explore the limits, implications, and variations of community development relevant for recreation and leisure studies as well as construct alternative spaces for leisure practices.

Whether it is reconceiving planning as a "human arena" potentially facilitating how an individual comes to understand the self and communities, an exploration of how whiteness and privilege color community development and recreation, conceiving of a compassionate pedagogy for community and recreation facilitation, or returning to young adult literature and storytelling for knowledge, this collection interweaves current theories, ethical frameworks, practices, and critiques relevant to recreation and leisure practitioners and scholars.

Such a collection helps orient leisure practice and scholarship within larger international and North American currents of diversity, struggles over Indigenous rights and standing, economic and global agendas, political agendas that use leisure as power over or exclusion of others, the value of leisure beyond social and economic benefits, and the hegemonic commitment to an autonomous, self-initiating individual self.

As the voices herein unfold spaces within dominant and “status quo” approaches in governments and academia, there are some voices yet to be heard.

Table of Contents: 

Part A: Guiding Principles and Theoretical Frameworks

Chapter 1: Community Development in Leisure: Laying the Foundations
by Erin Sharpe, Felice Yuen, and Heather Mair

Chapter 2: Community Capacity
by David Matarrita-Cascante and Michael Edwards

Chapter 3: Fostering Inclusion and Belonging
by Colleen Whyte and Erin Sharpe

Chapter 4: Understanding and Enhancing Citizen Power
by Karen Gallant and Erin Sharpe

Chapter 5: Social Capital: The Value of Social Networks in Community
by Troy D. Glover

Chapter 6: Space, Place, and Community Development
by Amanda Johnson and Felice Yuen

Part B: Community Development Practice

Chapter 7: Community Development Planning Processes: From Understanding to Mobilizing to Sustaining
by Heather Mair and Donald G. Reid

Chapter 8: Leadership Roles and Group Facilitation Skills for Community Development
by Alan Warner and John Colton

Chapter 9: Working Through Difference: Acknowledging Power, Privilege, and the Roots of Oppression
by Stephen Lewis, Rasul Mowatt, and Felice Yuen

Chapter 10: Community-Based Research: Engaging Citizens in Creating Change
by Peggy Hutchison, John Lord, and Theron Kramer

Chapter 11: Community Organizing
by Rudy Dunlap and Heather Mair

Chapter 12: Compassionate Pedagogy for Reflexive Community Practices
by Susan (Sue) M. Arai and Halyna Tepylo

Part C: Contemporary Context and Future Directions

Chapter 13: Recreation, Development, and Youth
by Brett D. Lashua

Chapter 14: Sport in the Community: An Overview and Assessment of ‘Sport for Development and Peace’
by Simon C. Darnell

Chapter 15: Community Development and Economic Development: What is the Relationship?
by Rhonda Phillips

Chapter 16: Tourism and Community Empowerment: The Case of a Tanzanian Maasai Community
by Christine Buzinde and Heather Mair

Chapter 17: An Emergent Case Study of INTERactive: Promoting Intercultural Understanding Using Physical Activity as the Tool
by Paula Carr and Wendy Frisby

Chapter 18: Marginalization, Inclusion, and Community Development: What This Means for Women Who Have Spent Time in Prison
by Darla Fortune

Chapter 19: The Past and Future of Community Development Through Leisure
by Alison M. Pedlar

About the Editor(s)

Erin Sharpe

Erin Sharpe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University.

Her teaching and research interests center on examining relationships between leisure, community, and development.

A leisure sociologist, her work is influenced by socio-spatial, post-structural, and post-colonial perspectives.

Most recently, Dr. Sharpe was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to examine intersections between identity and neighborhood in the sporting lives of young people.

Her leisure interests include family canoe trips, rowing, and walking the dog.

Heather Mair

Heather Mair earned a Ph.D. in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Her research interests include critical approaches to the study of leisure, sport, and tourism research.

Heather is also interested in investigations of the roles leisure, sport, and tourism can play in community development, empowerment, and well-being.

Her leisure includes watching curling and playing with her daughter, dog, and two cats.

Felice Yuen

Felice Yuen is an Associate Professor at Concordia University, Montreal, QC in the Department of Applied Human Sciences.

She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, ON.

Her research interests include using arts-based methods to understand how leisure can be used as context for community development, healing, advocacy, and empowerment.

She enjoys playing guitar, eating, and going on adventures with her children and husband.