Exploring the Leisure - Health Nexus
Pushing Global Boundaries
By exploring past, current, and future intersections between leisure and health, this book considers previous research and academic thought to reveal and critique the nuanced ways that leisure impacts health as well as considering how health professions use leisure as a "tool." Readers will be challenged to explore future intersections between leisure and health aided by the diverse chapters using an overarching eco (ecological/environmental), bio(biological), psycho (psychological), social (sociological) lens. Many of the chapters will include case-studies which consider developing leisure and health themes, particularly in relation to a number of emerging environmental, health and societal challenges that confront the world.
In addition the book:
- is cross disciplinary and demonstrates non-individualized framing of health (as per the WHO definition) giving readers a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of frameworks, including ecobiopyschosocial, salutogenic, multi-species and criticalist.
- moves readers from an individual level understanding of interconnections between leisure and health through to a consideration of global issues (including a section on the impact and consequences of Covid-19).
Part 1: Population Groups and Identities
1: A Strengths and Hope Perspective on Leisure, Health and Physical Cultural Practices of Indigenous Women: Stories of Wellbeing from Canada and Australia
2: Disability and the Arts: Inclusive Practice for Health and Wellbeing
3: Broken Record: The Leisure/Health Nexus in Prison
4: Physical Activity, Meaning and Migrant Women: Understanding Leisure and Health Experiences
5: Leisure, Meaning and Experiences of Older People
6: When Laughter in Physical Activity Opens the Door to the Kingdom of Freedom: Danish Seniors on the Move Towards Improved Health
Part 2: New Framings of Health-Leisure or Leisure-Health
7: The Art of Being Healthy – How Recreational Arts Engagement Impacts Health and Wellbeing
8: Intersection Between Art and Health Evolution
9: Sport for Development and Health – Rethinking the Interconnections
10: Pets & People. Whose Leisure? Whose Health?
Part 3: Leisure and Health on a Global Scale
11: Leisure and the Environment: An Ecological Perspective on Well-Being
12: Climate Change, Leisure & Health: The Double Edge Sword of Leisure and the Environment
13: Conclusion, the Pandemic and Future Directions