Leisure, Social Space, and Belonging

  • Troy Glover


This chapter unpacks the dynamic interplay of leisure, social space, and belonging by examining how leisure relations are negotiated and contested in the production of social space. Drawing on the seminal work of Henri Lefebvre and Judith Butler, the chapter demonstrates how social space in leisure settings encourages and discourages certain forms of social interaction and gives form to social structures and ideologies that have implications for belonging. In particular, the text interrogates social space for its role in normalizing the authority of specific social groups, setting out spatial boundaries, and functioning as a symbol of social values. Readers are encouraged to undermine the false division between physical and conceptual space by comprehending the concrete and abstract jointly. To this end, the chapter discusses the possibilities of space in which individuals, through their leisure, can engage in emancipatory and/or discriminatory practice.


Placemaking Inclusion Isolation Performativity Rhythmanalysis 


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  • Troy Glover
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  1. 1.Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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