Annals of Leisure Research
ISSN / EISSN : 1174-5398 / 2159-6816
Published by: Informa UK Limited (10.1080)
Total articles ≅ 876
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Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-21; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2089180
Despite the potential of leisure to shape the sexual behaviour of young people with disability, there is limited knowledge on the subject. This paper explores the influence of leisure on the sexual behaviour of young people with hearing and vision loss, using data from 2127 young people aged 10–24 years from all the 16 special schools for the deaf and the blind in Ghana. The findings revealed that young people with hearing and vision loss who engaged in leisure have a higher likelihood of engaging in kissing and casual sex with the odds being higher for those with vision loss. Young people with hearing loss who engaged in leisure were, however, more inclined towards sex with a regular partner. The findings illuminate the influence of informal spaces on the sexual behaviour of young people with disability, hence the need to consider such spaces in the provision of reproductive health education.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-4; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2089182
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-22; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2082992
The restrictions imposed by COVID-19 lockdown(s) left many feeling trapped at home. One leisure activity that saw a surge in popularity during lockdown was ‘home’ camping. Camping has long been associated with positive health and well-being outcomes and during lockdown camping at home was documented across social media platforms as people shared experiences of their micro-adventures. This paper will draw on social media (Instagram) and survey (> 260 responses) data gathered from ‘regular’ campers and those who had never previously camped during the UK lockdowns. Specifically, we explore: (i) what motivated home camping; (ii) the impact of camping activity on physical and mental well-being; (iii) the role it played in fostering and/or nurturing social relationships in isolating circumstances (iv) how digital practices were incorporated into camping as an activity. As such, the paper will provide a valuable contribution to understand the transformative potentials of restricted leisure practices in the pandemic.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-8; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2077784
In this research note, we situate the policy response of park circles enacted by the City of Toronto at Trinity Bellwoods Park in the context of urban gentrification. Rather than a public health measure, we argue that the enactment of park circles as a response to park crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic is reflective of broader processes of gentrification and operates to secure the park as a space for ‘hipster leisure.’ In so doing, park circles represent an extension of neo-liberal policy rhetoric whereby the privatization of public space and the displacement of certain populations are naturalized. Our analysis invites future critical scholarship on parks, leisure, public health, and gentrification as well as the transformations occurring within these intersections.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-19; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2070515
Geocaching is a sport-recreation activity considered as a post-modern treasure hunting game. The aim of this study was to group geocachers by how they consumed leisure and tourism services during COVID restrictions and at a time of economic uncertainty in Poland. An empirical research was conducted with Polish geocachers (n = 389) to identify their types based on their ‘staying home’ and ‘getting out’ attitudes. Moreover, the research identified some predictor variables that significantly distinguish between the geocachers’ preferences regarding ‘staying home’ and ‘getting out.’ The Principal Component Analysis allowed to reduce the 26 motivation items into 5 dimensions: Sociability and Self-Expression; Nature Desires; Solitude Seeking; Challenge; and Routine-Breaker. Nature Desires was the only type of motivation found to be a significant predictor. This paper offers a unique perspective on how Polish geocachers behaved during the COVID threat.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-18; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2070512
Few quantitative studies have looked at how reasons for quitting organized sports vary according to social backgrounds. The present paper addresses this gap by investigating how youths’ perceptions of six reasons for dropping out of organized youth sports vary according to three types of social inequality: socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender. We utilize data from the 2015 Young in Oslo survey, where organized youth sport dropouts in grades 8–13 rated the importance of six reasons for dropping out (N = 2355, response rate = 72%). Two findings stand out. First, gender differences were subtle and often related to ethnicity; they were more pronounced among majority youths than minority youths. Second, well-resourced majority youths were more likely to consider a lack of sports skills and friends who quit as important to dropout while minority youths with less resources more often highlighted discouragement from parents and sport expenses.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-21; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2070513
Work performed by digital means is one of many societal transformations caused by the prevalence and continuous adoption of digital technologies. Free of the constraints of location and time, digital work has the potential to disrupt the mental and physical separation of work from leisure. Using an exploratory qualitative approach based on narrative futuring, work and leisure orientations of future digital workers are imagined in relation to digital technologies. Insights were obtained from twenty-five digital workers who were asked to imagine their digital worker selves in 2030. Borrowing from aspects of the Serious Leisure Perspective supported by the Mobility and Connectivity paradigms, future types of digital workers are proposed. Findings indicate a trend towards increased dissolution of the distinction between work and leisure. Implications for the organizations managing this type of worker are discussed, along with reflections on the changing nature and meaning of work and leisure.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-17; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2070514
Many studies have examined the relationships between leisure and subjective well-being. However, eudaimonic (e.g. meaning) and non-Western perspectives are lacking. Moreover, comparing leisure with other life domains could clarify leisure’s unique roles in the pursuit of well-being. This study explores leisure’s relationships with ikigai, a Japanese eudaimonic well-being concept. A purposeful sample of 27 Japanese university students provided 247 pictures of ikigai which they categorized into leisure and non-leisure groups. Photographic data were analysed via content analysis. The majority of ikigai pictures were associated with leisure. Compared with non-leisure pictures, leisure photographs were more frequently coded with ‘hobby/leisure’ and ‘nature’, while less frequently coded with ‘relationships’, ‘organizational activities’, ‘education’, and ‘values’. Leisure’s unique roles in student’s pursuit of ikigai relate to providing casual and enjoyable experiences, private time and space, and nature-based experiences. Our findings are discussed in relation to leisure studies, ikigai studies, and research on meaning in life.
Annals of Leisure Research pp 1-22; https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2022.2070511
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the paradigm of risk and recovery management but it is just one of many pandemics to have impacted destinations during the last two decades. This study examines how destination officials combated the image crises that followed SARS-2003, H1N1 Swine flu 2009–2010, Zika 2016–2017 and Covid-19 2020. The literature dealing with combating pandemics has focused on the actual management of either a specific pandemic or regional aspects of a pandemic and less on the recovery marketing and image repair aspect. As a result, tourism academic literature has a shortage of image repair theoretical frameworks addressing multi-case health-related crises. In this study, we use qualitative content analysis of news reports, websites and recovery campaigns taken from media outlets, tourism news websites, Google search engine and YouTube, over the past two decades. This paper posits a new theoretical framework: six-phase image repair strategies during pandemics.