Editors: Dr Daniel Turner and Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho (University of the West of Scotland)
Rationale for Publication
The editors have been approached by Routledge and asked to consider developing an edited collection surrounding interactions between lifestyle sports and the public policy arena to be published as part of their Research Monographs series.
The lifestyle sports terrain has seen considerable research published in recent years (see Wheaton, 2004; 2013) with a great deal of focus placed on issues of identity, representation and community within this field. However, despite calls for a greater focus on the interactions between lifestyle sports and public policy, (Tomlinson et al, 2005), reflected in the growing body of individual studies of various sports across the globe (for example: Carr, 2010; Dumas and Laforest, 2009; Gilchrist and Wheaton, 2011; Jenson et al, 2012), there is still a lack of collected works in this field. This proposed publication would attempt to bring together these rich individual stories, whilst providing an overarching analysis of the key issues and implications emerging from this increasing interaction between policy and lifestyle sports.
Proposed Book Structure
The intended focus of the book is on the increasing interactions between lifestyle sports and the state in its broadest conceptualisation. Authors are encouraged to give consideration to the provision (directly or indirectly) of spaces and places for lifestyle sports by the state, the use of such activities to promote policy agendas aimed at the individual (e.g. health, education, inclusion) or societal (e.g destination promotion, regeneration) levels; or the regulation of such activities. Each chapter should make use of a significant case study of one particular sport or policy intervention and should detail the background to the case as well as developing a theoretically informed discussion linking the local situation to a broader set of issues impacting on the field of lifestyle sports. It is anticipated that the book will be divided into three main parts:
Provision and Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the direct and indirect provision of lifestyle sports by the state. Consideration may be given, among other issues, to the funding of such activity via a range of state-related mechanisms or the creation and management of facilities.
Promotion and Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the use of lifestyle sports to promote policy agendas. This may include direct influence on participants via interventions relating to key issues such as social inclusion or health promotion, but could also extend to the promotion of a civic agenda and themes such as urban regeneration or destination promotion.
Policing Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the regulation of lifestyle sports by policy makers. Issues which could be examined could include the regulation of access to space and places, health and safety agendas and the management of risk within facilities.
It is expected that the book will consist of 12-15 chapters split evenly across the themes, each chapter consisting of approximately 6-7,000 words including references.
Dr Daniel Turner is the Senior Lecturer for Events and Tourism and the University of the West of Scotland. His PhD research examined the funding and provision of adventure recreation facilities in Scotland, focussing specifically on skateparks and his published work in this field examines the inevitable conflict between lifestyle sports participants and policy makers.
Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho is the is a Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Events Management and BA Tourism Management at the University of the West of Scotland and his main academic interests are: sport tourism, adventure tourism, serious leisure, volunteering, and emotional labour. Sandro has published articles in journals including Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management. He is also a member of the International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil, on the Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, and he is the Treasurer of the Leisure Studies Association.
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