The digital turn in leisure has opened up a vast array of new opportunities to play, learn, participate and be entertained - opportunities that have transformed what we recognise as leisure. This edited collection provides a significant contribution to our changing understanding of digital leisure cultures, reflecting on the socio-historical context within which the digital age emerged, while engaging with new debates about the evolving and controversial role of digital platforms in contemporary leisure cultures.
This book also demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of studying digital leisure cultures. To make sense of how individuals and institutions use digital spaces it is necessary to draw on history, science and technology, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and geography, as well as sport and leisure studies. This important and timely study discusses both the promise of the digital sphere as a realm of liberation, and the darker side of the internet associated with control, surveillance, exclusion and dehumanisation.
Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical perspectives is fascinating reading for any student or scholar of sociology, sport and leisure studies, geography or media studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"This book is ideal for postgraduate students, researchers, academics, and those interested in specific influences of digital leisure experiences and societal issues (e.g. body image or marginalized populations). Each chapter provides a launching point for further research or discussion, which could be beneficial in courses that devote a significant portion of the semester/quarter to either digital cultures or social issues. Furthermore, this book would be beneficial to doctorate courses in Telecommunications, Sociology, Communication Studies, Media Studies, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Overall, this book provides valuable contributions to an underrepresented area of focus within leisure studies." - Susan Barnett, State University of New York College at Cortland, USA
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