Leisure as Source of Knowledge, Social Resilience and Public Commitment

Specialized Play

  • Lise Kjølsrød

Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Lise Kjølsrød
    Pages 1-32
  3. Lise Kjølsrød
    Pages 33-59
  4. Lise Kjølsrød
    Pages 61-82
  5. Lise Kjølsrød
    Pages 83-99
  6. Lise Kjølsrød
    Pages 101-122
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-174

About this book


This book provides a bottom-up contribution to contemporary political and cultural theory, by presenting leisure activities as a democratic arena. 

Where much of the existing literature on leisure and play views participants as consumers, Kjølsrød presents these people as producers, who conduct micro-processes of social protection, become informed and skilled, and achieve influence via complex leisure. Through an in-depth analysis of a range of leisure practices, this book demonstrates where players belong in the political landscapes of modern democracies. 

Leisure as Source of Knowledge, Social Resilience and Public Commitment will be of interest to students and scholars of leisure, recreational, and cultural studies, as well as sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists studying identity construction, emerging social worlds, and novel channels of political participation in contemporary society. 


democracy political science politics leisure play

Authors and affiliations

  • Lise Kjølsrød
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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