Leisure from International Voices

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Editor(s): Karla Henderson
Atara Sivan

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The editors began work on Leisure from International Voices as a labor of love. The book highlights how important leisure is in the lives of people throughout the world and how it is universal in its value.

Yet, leisure is also imagined and practiced in various ways based on geographic areas and their associated cultures.

Chapters are presented from six continents, with 33 individual scholars from across the globe providing a broad perspective of leisure and its meanings.

People are diverse in any given country/region.

Leisure from International Voices, however, portrays the essence of leisure and how it is perceived, practiced, and studied in particular countries/regions.

Challenges associated with advocating for leisure from diverse standpoints are also highlighted.

Many similarities are noted in the epilogue, and at the same time, a rich range of interests and understandings of leisure is reflected in the diverse sociocultural perspectives shared within.

Leisure from International Voices gives readers new ideas to think about beyond their own cultural or country of origin outlooks.

The editors recognize that viewing each of these countries/regions as discrete chapters is not always possible.

At the same time, the geographic divisions provide a starting point for examining a collective leisure in the past, present, and future, and will help to emphasize the importance of leisure to individuals and communities throughout the world.

Table of Contents: 

Leisure from International Voices: A Prologue
Karla A. Henderson and Atara Sivan

The Paradox of Australian Leisure
John R. Tower

Leisure in Brazil: Trends and Perspectives in a Contemporary Society
Ricardo R. Uvinha and Edmur A. Stoppa

Our Home and Native Land: Understanding Leisure in a Diverse and Evolving Canada
Janet K. L. McKeown, Zara E. Rafferty, and Mark E. Havitz

Leisure in China
Lijun Zhou

Leisure in Ghana: Whence and Whither?
Aaron Yankholmes

Leisure in Asia’s World City: Voices from Hong Kong
Atara Sivan and Gertrude Siu

Hungarian Leisure Development from Different Perspectives
Miklos Banhidi

Israel, Leisure, and the Reinvention of an Ancient Nation
Elie Cohen-Gewerc

Leisure from International Voices: A Kenyan Perspective
Jane Wanjiku Kamau, Daniel Gaita Njenga, Yasmin Goodwin, Nkatha Muthomi, and Jonathan Kimtai Rotich

Korean Leisure and Tourism Under Modernity and Globalization
Sokho Choe

Leisure Lifestyles in Multicultural Malaysia
Kwan Meng Lee and Selina Khoo

Focusing on Leisure from a Mexican Perspective
Adriana E. Estrada-González

Leisure from International Voices: The Case of the Netherlands
Jan W. Te Kloeze

Leisure Below Down-under: A Voice from New Zealand
Neil Carr

Sierra Leone: Living a Leisure Lifestyle
Abubakarr Jalloh

Leisure in South Africa: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences
Subaluxmi Naidoo

Leisure in Spain
Cristina Ortega Nuere and Ana Viñals Blanco

Working Hard, Playing Hard: Leisure in Switzerland
Aurelia Kogler-Bahl

Taiwanese Leisure: Opportunities and Constraints with a Focus on Women
Lucetta Tsai

The Conception and Perception of Leisure in Turkey
Bülent Gürbüz

Leisure in Uganda: Voices from Baganda
Constance A. N. Nsibambi

Leisure, Consumption, and the Speed Up of Time in the United States
David Scott

Leisure from International Voices: An Epilogue
Atara Sivan and Karla A. Henderson

About the Editor(s)

Karla Henderson

Dr. Karla A. Henderson is currently a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University.

She teaches primarily graduate courses in the area of recreation and leisure theory and qualitative research methods. She has been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Texas Woman's University.

Her Ph.D. was completed at the University of Minnesota. Karla has given numerous presentations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

She publishes regularly in a variety of journals such Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Women and Health, American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Physical Activity and Aging and has written over 150 juried articles and 200 other scholarly pieces.

She has authored or co-authored several books including Both Gains and Gaps (with Bialeschki, Shaw, and Freysinger), Dimensions of Choice, Volunteers in Leisure (with Tedrick), Introduction to Leisure Services (with Sessoms), and Evaluation of Leisure Services (with Bialeschki). She was co-editor of Leisure Sciences from 2003-2009.

Dr. Henderson has contributed to the profession in a number of ways by serving as president of SPRE, president of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and on numerous state, national, and international boards and committees.

She has been the recipient of the JB Nash Scholar Award, the Julian Smith Award, the NCRPS Special Citation, the ACA Honor Award, the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award, the North Carolina Recreation and Park Society Honor Award, the SPRE Excellence in Teaching Award and the NRPA Roosevelt Excellence in Research Award.

When not working, Karla enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, running and playing her trumpet in North Carolina, and reading and writing wherever she goes.

Atara Sivan

Atara Sivan is professor and head of the Department of Education Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

For the past six years she has been the associate dean for learning and teaching of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Her research focuses on leisure education and she has contributed to the body of knowledge through numerous journal articles, books, and presentations in international conferences worldwide.

Atara served as a scientific consultant for the development of the first comprehensive curriculum for schools in Israel.

She is the editor-in-chief of the World Leisure Journal, president and fellow of the World Leisure Academy, and the founder and president of the World Leisure Organization–Hong Kong Chapter.