Leisure for Canadians, 2nd Ed. [etext]

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The second edition of Leisure for Canadians builds on the work started in the first effort published in 2007.

This second edition introduces a new theme within the larger leisure literature, that of sport and events management.

Seven new chapters focusing on various aspects of sport and event planning have been added, along with a chapter on the built environment and leisure behavior.

As was the case in the first edition, this text is comprised of chapters written by scholars from across Canada.

All the contributors were asked to imagine they were talking with someone who asked, “What do we know about [your topic]?”

The individual and collective goal was to bring the reader up to date on what is known on that topic.

This text is appropriate for new students to leisure hoping to grasp key issues as well as more advanced students seeking to explore leisure’s complex role in our society.

The contributors have worked hard to bring the most current thinking on a wide variety of topics.

Together, they paint a picture of both the challenges and opportunities that leisure presents.

Table of Contents: 

Beginnings of Leisure Research in North America: A Forgotten Legacy?

Chapter 1
Defining Leisure

Chapter 2
Introduction To Play

Chapter 3
Sport and the Community

Chapter 4
Leisure’s Many Roles

Chapter 5
Leveraging Sport Events to Achieve Health and Economic Benefits

Chapter 6
Leisure Theory, Leisure Practice

Chapter 7
The Politics of Leisure

Chapter 8
Leisure Lifestyles

Chapter 9
Leisure Constraints

Chapter 10
Stressful Living and Leisure as a Meaningful Stress-Coping Pursuit

Chapter 11
Leisure and the Changing Workplace

Chapter 12
Leisure Travel

Chapter 13
Shopping As Leisure

Chapter 14
Consumer Behaviour in Sport

Chapter 15
Urban Recreation

Chapter 16
The Built Environment and Leisure Behaviour

Chapter 17
Leisure in Natural Settings

Chapter 18
Exploring Leisure’s Boundaries

Chapter 19
Sex, Sexuality, and Leisure

Chapter 20
Gender and Leisure

Chapter 21
Multicultural Perspectives

Chapter 22
Aboriginal Leisure in Canada

Chapter 23
Leisure in French Canada

Chapter 24
Leisure Across the Life Course

Chapter 25
Leisure and Disability

Chapter 26
Social Class, Poverty, and Leisure

Chapter 27
A History of Leisure Provision in Canada

Chapter 28
Private Sector Providers

Chapter 29
Models of Public Leisure Services Delivery

Chapter 30
Leisure Planning

Chapter 31
Mapping the Recreation and Leisure Landscape for Canadians with a Disability

Chapter 32
Community Development

Chapter 33
Leisure Education

Chapter 34
Program Planning and Program Evaluation: Practice and Principles

Chapter 35
People-Centred Management

Chapter 36
Marketing Recreation and Leisure Services

Chapter 37
Offering More Than Programs: Creating  Solutions for Your Clients

Chapter 38
Financing Leisure Services I: Traditional and Emergent Funding Sources

Chapter 39
Financing Leisure Services II: Cost Control and Budgeting

Chapter 40
Volunteering in Canada

Chapter 41
Event Management

About the Editor(s)

Ron E. McCarville

Dr. McCarville's research interests revolve around mobilizing resources to serve leisure participants.

As a result, he has studied both participants in and providers of leisure service delivery. His ongoing concern has been with understanding participants' reactions to administrative initiatives.

In particular, he has studied participants' reactions to various pricing models. This research has involved a series of experiments monitoring clients' expectations in various pricing contexts.

He is currently interested in the effects of service quality on participants' leisure experiences. In particular, he is interested in participants' responses to service failures.

Ron's work with leisure providers has focused on sponsorship, decision making, and organizational change. In all cases, the goal has been to understand why providers program as they do while understanding client response to these efforts.

Ron placed insights from a decade of research into his text Improving Leisure Services Through Marketing Action.

His work appears in most of the recreation and leisure journals but particularly in administrative outlets like the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration and the Journal of Sport Management.

Ron has served as guest editor and as associate editor for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration and the Journal of Leisure Research.

He is a member of the CPRA Task Force on Children and Youth Living in Poverty. Ron acted for several years as the Director of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Health & Fitness Group.

Ron regularly shares his ideas through keynote addresses, workshops, and seminars around North America.

He enjoys running and biking.

He was named a Distinguished Teacher at the University of Waterloo in 2003.