The tourism and leisure industries are big business. Opportunities for leisure and tourism have escalated as disposable income, technology, travel and education have become increasingly available in recent times. However, this trend has been juxtaposed with an increase in crime, particularly since the early the 1950s. Acquisitive crimes have been facilitated with the development of more portable and valuable commodities; some activities, such as drink driving and disorder, have now been socially defined as crimes and are more readily identified through new technology such as the increasing use of CCTV. 

The Problem of Pleasure covers them all. The purpose of this book is to inform and enlighten a range of readers, whose interests may be academic or commercial on possible crime events and modus operandi of criminals. The book has a global perspective, bringing together leading academics from the UK, the US, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand who examine several aspects of leisure that are vulnerable to crime, from illegal hunting to street racing, as well as the impact of crime upon tourists and the tourism industry.

This book will be a key text for students of tourism and leisure as well as criminology and sociology; people working in the tourism and recreation industry; policy makers and the police.

chapter |6 pages


The problem of pleasure: theoretical foundations

part |83 pages

Part I

chapter |12 pages

Crime time

The rise of police programming on television

chapter |14 pages

Playgrounds without frontiers

Movin', moddin', pushing the boundaries of pleasure

chapter |15 pages

Impermissible pleasures in UK leisure

Exploring policy developments in alcohol and illicit drugs 1

chapter |14 pages

The problem of access

Outdoor leisure activities and access to private rural land 1

part |111 pages

Part II

chapter |15 pages

Public disorder, antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related crime

From the metropolis to the tourist resort

chapter |15 pages

Sin City v. Fantasyland

Crime, legislation, and policing in two different tourism environments

chapter |13 pages

‘There can be no orcs in New Zealand'

Do media representations of crime tarnish tourism?

chapter |19 pages

Visitor perceptions of crime-safety and attitudes towards risk

The case of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

chapter |13 pages

Crime and safety within caravan populations

An Australian survey 1

chapter |20 pages

Tourist victimization

An exploratory survey from Ghana

chapter |15 pages

The tourist victim

Paradise lost or paradise regained?