This book analyses the concept of community by critically exploring its many manifestations in leisure.  It unpacks patterns of mutuality, collective expression, and belonging as they emerge through interaction, shared narrative, and practice.

Recognizing that our experiences of “being in common” and “being in leisure” require rethinking in a changed modernity, the book illustrates the myriad ways that leisure communities take form and shape in the current economic, political, and ideological moment. It highlights how changing societal expectations, economic conditions, technological innovations, and ideological shifts set the stage for a reformulation of social relations and emergence of new leisure-based social groupings. The authors question how to make sense of new social expressions, at times offering unexpected and completely new ways of theorizing community.

Global in richness and scope, the book offers a rich and composite view regarding how to take up and theorize leisure in relation to the multiple dimensions of community. It will inspire a new generation of readers in a broad range of areas across the social sciences, including sociology, community studies, leisure studies, and planning.

chapter |14 pages


Are leisure communities really communities?
ByTroy D. Glover, Erin K. Sharpe

part I|64 pages

Locating community in 21st century leisure

chapter 1|11 pages

The enduring relevance of third places

ByBradley H. Camp, Rudy Dunlap

chapter 2|10 pages

Forging connections and community within an online tennis forum

ByNadina Ayer, Ron McCarville

chapter 3|10 pages

Friendships in the singlehood

Examining leisure and community for single adult women
ByJanet K. L. McKeown

chapter 4|11 pages

Unpacking the impact of social relationships on the leisure mobility of Millennials

ByLan Le Diem Tran, Nicole Vaugeois, Vincent Kaufmann

chapter 5|10 pages

Twitch.tv as a vibrant networked community of loose affiliations

ByBradley Robinson, Nicholas A. Holt

chapter 6|10 pages

Community as hyperobject

Exploring the “spectral plains” of leisure
ByJack Black, Jim Cherrington

part II|66 pages

Community and playful performance

chapter 7|10 pages

Urban exploration and its heterotopic “communities”

ByKevin Bingham

chapter 8|9 pages

Placemaking in the playful city

Playing in and playing with the urban environment
ByErin K. Sharpe, Troy D. Glover

chapter 9|11 pages

Better singers together

How older Japanese women build and maintain social relations in karaoke classrooms
ByBenny (Koon Fung) Tong

chapter 10|11 pages

Together apart

Second home leisure communities in New Zealand
ByTrudie Walters

chapter 11|10 pages

Performing community

A case study of the yoga experiences of rural New Zealand men
ByStephen Parker, Mike Boyes

chapter 12|13 pages

Parisite lost

The utopian decline of a DIY skatepark
ByBenjamin A. Shirtcliff

part III|57 pages

Leisure communities and their impacts

chapter 13|11 pages

Pipe-dreams and utopian visions

Blending community and high performance sport in New Zealand cycling and gymnastics
ByDamion Sturm, Roslyn Kerr, Robert E. Rinehart, Seònaid Espiner

chapter 14|12 pages

Inside out

The role(s) of leisure in the endogenous and exogenous pathways to social capital
ByTroy D. Glover, Julian F. P. Macnaughton, Steven E. Mock

chapter 15|11 pages

Community sport and civic engagement

ByKatie E. Misener, Dawn E. Trussell

chapter 16|11 pages

Envisioning museums as welcoming spaces for belonging

ByDarla Fortune

chapter 17|10 pages

Resisting, reproducing, and recreating rurality

Leisure in contemporary rural communities
ByKyle A. Rich, Laura Misener