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The Thierry Henry Statue: A Hollow Icon


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In August 2003, at the age of 25, Arsenal Football Club striker Thierry Henry stated in an interview, “I'm obsessed by the idea of making my mark in history. And Arsenal is my paradise.” Although much hailed for his vision on the pitch, it seems unlikely that the player could have seen coming the events of 9 December 2011, where his legacy was indeed marked by Arsenal FC with the unveiling of a bronze statue, a permanent tribute to the club’s all-time leading goalscorer outside their North London home, Emirates Stadium. The club further contributed to the plethora of statues of footballers and football-related figures in the UK with the simultaneous unveiling of statues of legendary manager, Herbert Chapman and former captain, Tony Adams. While all three are undeniably significant figures both at Arsenal and for English football, a comparison of these statues against the wider football statuary shows them to be atypical in a number of ways. In this paper we analyse the motivations of Arsenal FC in establishing a project to visually interpret the club’s history and identity in and around the Emirates Stadium, and examine the significance of the divergence in typical subject selection from the existing statuary.
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Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 1
Leisure Studies Association
Newsletter No. 95
July 2013
CHAIR’S COMMENTS Professor Karl Spracklen . . . . . .2
GUEST EDITORS’ Introduction to the Special Theme —
Narrative and the Body in Sport and Leisure Dr. Carly Stewart
and Emma Pullen . . . . . .2
7-9 July 2014 Hosted by University of the West of Scotland . . . . . .5
11th Bienniel ANZALS Conference , 46 December 2013 . . . . . .6
Monash University, Peninsula campus, Australia . . . . . .6
LSA 2013, 9–11 July, 2013
Hosted by University of Salford with the University of Bolton . . . . . .7
LEISURE RESEARCH SHOWCASE 4 Professor Tess Kay . . . . .14
How and why multi-purpose leisure facilities respond to climate change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Business and economic benets of Victorian aquatic and recreation centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
The study of elderly womens leisure-time physical activities in life course transition . . . . .16
’Sporting role models’ as potential catalysts to facilitate empowerment and
tackle gender issues: an empirical study in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa . . . . . . . . .17
Cassava plantation, ‘ball games’ and women in the Amazon communities
of Bi, Cuiamucu and Canela Fina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
The Spaces of the Serious Pursuits: A Typology Professor Robert A. Stebbins . . . . .21
With / In Nature Professor David Crouch . . . . .25
Narrative and the Ageing Body in Sport and Leisure . . . . . . . . . Dr. Cassandra Phoenix . . . .28
Narrative afnities of the lived experiences of asthma
and sporting embodiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Helen Owton . . . . .34
Narratives of and from a running-woman’s body:
feminist phenomenological perspectives on
running embodiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson . . . . .41
A Sociological Case Study Exploring the Effects of Sudden
Biographical Disruption on a Male Athlete’s Body-
self Relationship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Pullen . . . . .49
The Thierry Henry Statue: A Hollow Icon? . . . . . . . . . . Fon Thomas and Chris Stride . . . . .66
Working-class Stereotypes in Comedy and the
Consumption of Humour as Leisure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Robinson,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crispin Dale and Steve Gelder . . . .76
Ease of Movement and Freedom of Corporeal Expression?
Femininity, the Body and Leotards in Trampoline Gymnastics
. . . . . . . . . . Carly Stewart, Rhiannon Lord, Gareth Wiltshire and Scott Fleming . . . . .79
LSA MEMBERS — JULY 2013 . . . . .93
JOIN LSA . . . .100
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Chairs Comments
This is my nal column for the LSA Newsletter as Chair of
the Association. The Constitution of the Association sets
a time-limit on membership in all roles of the Executive
Committee. I have always defended such democratising
limits, in private and in public, as I think it sets out a philo-
sophical and political position on hierarchy and on inclu-
sion. No one is bigger than the Association they serve, and
no one should be allowed to retain control of the leader-
ship of the Association for ever. Other learned societies do
not have such xed-terms of ofce. Some Chairs of some
Associations of which I am a member seem to have been in
place for as long as I can remember. They would argue that
it is important to maintain continuity, to keep good volun-
teers with long experience in the decision-making process.
I believe the LSA does that through the involvement on
the Executive Committee of Professor Ken Roberts, and
of course the important work of our paid administrator
Myrene McFee. Thus it is a constitutional imperative that I
stand down at this, the end of my seventh consecutive year
of service on the LSA Exec. By the time you read this a new
Chair and new members of the Executive Committee will
have been nominated and elected at the AGM. If you are
not attending the AGM, I encourage any of you who might
be interested in becoming members of the Executive Com-
mittee to contact the new Chair.
My term as Chair is ended, but I will not be going
away. I am still committed to working with the LSA, with
my friends and colleagues on the Executive Committee,
to ensure that the aims of the Association are furthered.
In my term of ofce as Chair I have initiated a number of
projects around internationalisation, working with other
leisure learned societies, membership, new digital commu-
nications and publications. There is a proposal at the LSA
AGM to introduce a new formal title and role for ex-Chairs
of the Association. We are proposing that ex-Chairs may
be invited to become Ambassadors for the LSA. The roles
will be negotiated with each Ambassador, but we expect
the roles will at a minimum formalise the cheerleading’
jobs those ex-Chairs do, and some of the expert advice they
give behind the scenes. But the new Chair and the Execu-
tive Committee may also agree with some of those Ambas-
sadors that they will work on specic tasks. Here I will
hold my hand up and declare an interest: I want to keep
working on some of the tasks I have been working on in
my time as Chair. So its good bye for now, but I may well
be back!
Professor Karl Spracklen
June 2013
Guest Editors’
Introduction to the
Special Theme —
Narrative and the
Body in Sport and
We are pleased to be invited as guest editors
for the special theme section of this edition
of the LSA Newsletter. In this collection of
articles we have sought to draw together
scholars for whom the body and narrative
ways of knowing are central to their work
across sport and leisure contexts. This reects
our personal interests which revolve around
embodiment, narrative identity formation
and auto/biography in sport and physical
culture. In 2010/11 Emma won the LSA
Nikki Ventris Memorial award for under-
graduate dissertation of the year, a version
of which [i.e. slightly amended for the pur-
poses of presentation here] is also featured
in this issue. It focused upon the biograph-
ical disruption of one male athlete who tran-
sitioned from a high performance footballer
to disability track athlete following an unex-
pected medical complication which resulted
in lower leg amputation. Emma explores the
simultaneous disruption to the physical and
associated senses of self and identity, over a
signicant period of time spent with the par-
ticipant. The ways in which specic bodies,
developed via sport, have elective afnities
to tell particular kinds of stories or narra-
tives is focused upon. It makes for insightful
yet often uncomfortable reading.
My own on-going research, which often
involves collaboration with Andrew Sparkes
in the Research Institute for Sport, Physical
Activity and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan
University, is concerned with issues similar
to those Emma explores, as they revolve
around body-self-culture relationships over
time as evidenced through sporting auto-
biographies. Narrative inquiry is central to
an interest in autobiography, where it can be
used to illustrate certain forms of analysis
in action, provide opportunity for reection
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 3
ELECTION: No candidates were put
forward in this years election process, so
nominations and voting for 2013–2014 will
be conducted from the oor at the AGM.
Tuesday July 9 2013 (5pm), University of
Salford. LSA Members are entitled attend
the AGM without registering for the
Special Theme Guest Editor/s and topic for
LSA Newsletter No 96 (November 2013) is
not yet determined. Please contact if you
would like to put together a collection of
articles for the LSA Newsletter on your
chosen leisure studies subject
can be starkly uncomfortable in the context of long
distance running.
We ask that you think with these shared stories:
we hope they might provide some insight for syn-
thesis into your own scholarly and personal stories.
Frank, A. (1995) The wounded storyteller: Body, illness, and
ethics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
McAdams, D. (2006) The role of narrative in personality
psychology today. Narrative Inquiry, 16 (1), 11-18.
Sparkes, A. (1999) Exploring body narratives. Sport, Educa-
tion & Society, 4 (1), pp. 17–30.
(2009) Ethnography and the senses: Challenges
and possibilities. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exer-
cise & Health, 1 (1), 21–35.
Sparkes, A. & Smith, B. (2011). Inhabiting different bodies
over time: Narrative and pedagogical challenges.
Sport, Education & Society, 16 (3), 357–370.
(2012). Embodied research methodologies and
the senses in sport and physical culture: A eshing
out of problems and possibilities. In K. Young &
Atkinson, M. (eds) Qualitative Research in Sport and
Physical Culture (pp. 169192). Emerald Press.
Stewart, C., Smith, B., & Sparkes, A. (2011) Sporting auto-
biographies of illness and the role of metaphor. Sport
in Society, 14 (5), 581597.
Carly Stewart
Emma Pullen
Cardiff School of Sport
on how selected autobiographies can act as narrative
maps of experience for themselves and others, and
generate critical questions about what is said and
left unsaid to the reader. Specically, I have focused
upon the illness experiences of elite athletes (e.g. see
Stewart, Smith and Sparkes, 2011), and now begin
to explore the relatively sparse terrain of female
sporting autobiographies.
As a brief introduction for those who may be
unfamiliar with this approach, Arthur Frank (1995)
encapsulates the conjoining of concepts in this theme
well. He notes that we tell stories about our bodies,
out of our bodies and through our bodies. It is these
stories we are told and the stories we tell about our-
selves and our bodies that are important in terms
of how we come to impose order on our embodied
experiences and make sense of events and actions
in our lives (Sparkes, 1999). In this sense, narratives
are socially shared linguistic forms made available
by culture, which may act as a menu from which
persons can select to make sense of lived experience,
and for the construction of autobiographical selves
and identities. However, crucially, as Sparkes and
Smith (2011) emphasize, narrative resources are not
evenly distributed in any given society with regard
to social class, gender, ethnicity, race, age, sexual ori-
entation and disability. This said, the ability of par-
ticular persons to tell or not tell particular stories is
of interest, where the body is linked to wider social
structures that shape the meaning-making process
(McAdams, 2006).
Over a decade ago Sparkes (1999) argued that
narrative forms of analysis have much to offer in
understanding embodied experiences as lived and
expressed in the telling of culturally situated stories,
located within systems of inequality. He posed a list
of questions for future research in this area, some
of which are addressed in this special feature in which
the contributors to this newsletter’s special theme
section engage with the complexities, possibilities
and problems of narrative ways of knowing across
various social categories. Firstly, Cassie Phoenix
gives an introduction to narrative inquiry, fore-
grounding the ageing body in sport and leisure.
Following this Helen Owton addresses the much
under-researched topic of illness in sport by exploring
lived experiences of asthma. Finally, we are reminded
of the stuffness” of life as described by Sparkes (2009)
and Sparkes and Smith (2012) that includes explicitly
engaging with the eshed out’ bodily sensations and
lived experiences told through bodies in particular
contexts. Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson illuminates
how at times female embodiment in certain spaces
4 Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013
LSA Dissertation Prizewinners
The Executive Committee is pleased to announce the Under-Graduate and
Post-Graduate Dissertation Prisewinners for their work completed in 2012.
Sue Glyptis Memorial Award for Post-Graduate Dissertation of the Year
EMILY SHEPPARD (University of Bedfordshire) for her dissertation
An Analysis of the Economic Leisure Constraints Experienced by Fans as a Result
of Holding Home Sports Fixtures at Alternative Stadia’.
Supervised by Dr. Denise Cardwell.
Nikki Ventris Memorial Award for Under-graduate Dissertation of the Year
RICHARD WEBB (Liverpool John Moores UNiversity) for his dissertation
A Qualitative Evaluation of an NHS Weight Management Programme for Obese
Patients in Liverpool’.
Supervised by Dr. Louise Platt.
Both prizewinners have received a £100 cash award and both are attending the LSA
2013 conference at University of Salford as guests of the Association. Both will
present their work during parallel sessions of the 2013 conference.
For more information about LSA Dissertation Prizes
Got an idea? Got a new job? Got an announcement? Got a complaint?
Just wrote a great book? Just went to a great (or awful) conference?
Well, then, say something!
Stefan Lawrence
Myrene McFee
Newsletter 96 circulation November 2013 (copy deadline October 1)
Newsletter 97 circulation March 2014 (copy deadline February 1)
Newsletter 98 circulation July 2014 (copy deadline June 1)
Newsletter 99 circulation November 2014 (copy deadline October 1)
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 5
7-9 July 2014 Hosted by University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus
Committee Chair Prof. Gayle McPherson
Guidelines for submitting proposals Register interest Travel & accommodation
Contact Conference Organisers
Deadline for proposals Jan. 15, 2014
LSA 2014, Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures brings together comparative and contrasting perspectives
on both the digital age in leisure and digital practices as leisure as prevalent in cultural forms such
as sport or festivity and other leisure pursuits. The conference takes place in a particularly important
year for both Scotland and the global sporting and cultural communities. Scotland plays host to the XXth
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles. Culturally, 2014 also marks
the second Year of Homecoming, encouraging the successors of the global Scottish diaspora to return
home for a year of cultural “extravaganza and festivity.
LSA 2014 Conference Themes (see expanded themes)
Sport (sport tourism; sport and the outdoors; sport and festivity; sport and community engagement)
Festivity (festivals, events and identity politics; festivals, events and the common good; assessing the
cultural value of festivals and events)
Digital cultures (festivals, events and digital cultures; sport and digital cultures; digital leisure
Emerging researchers. The conference will host a PhD Strand with Panel Question and Answer session
and early career workshops led by LSA members. Papers across (and beyond) the main conference
themes are encouraged.
Open stream. In addition to papers addressing one of the main
conference themes, novel research outside those thematic foci
is also welcome. The open stream of the conference is designed
to encourage / enable conference participation for Members and
others for whom the current years theme is not within their
particular area of interest, but have a contribution to make to
leisure studies theory, methodology, policy and pedagogy.
LSA Student Bursaries see full details
Sport, Festivity and Digital Cultures
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013
How can leisure academics, policy makers and practitioners develop
and harness their subject area to help address signicant issues in an
increasingly complex world, with its varied and contrasting challenges?
The key question we have for delegates of this conference is where does
leisure t amongst these signicant issues and what can leisure studies
offer in response to the challenges our society is now facing? Leisure
academics, scholars, researchers, managers and service delivery staff are
invited to attend the conference to engage with these issues.
The conference will consist of keynote presentations, workshops and a
variety of oral presentations held in themed sessions. The core conference
sub-themes are:
Leisure and Health
Educating through Leisure
Leisure and Social Change
Leisure, Environment and Sustainability
The conference is being co hosted by the Sport and Active Leisure Group
from the Faculty of Education, Monash University and the Centre for Sport,
Health and Wellbeing, Brunel University, UK. The conference will be held
at Monash Universitys Peninsula campus.
The campus is located in Frankston, approximately 50 kilometres (1 hour)
from central Melbourne. Frankston is at the tip of the beautiful Mornington
Peninsula, home to beautiful coastlines and over 80 wineries. Frankston
has a thriving city centre and a beautiful sandy beach.
Understanding leisure in a complex world:
Promoting Critical Leisure Studies
For more information visit
All enquiries can be directed
to the conference chair
Ruth Jeanes via email
11th Bienniel ANZALS Conference
4 – 6 December 2013
Monash University,
Peninsula campus, Australia
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 7
L. S. Lowry painting [1928] “Going to the Match” ( Photo taken by Robert Wade)
Class has not featured as a principal theme of an LSA
conference for many years, a reection in part of the
dominant discourse of the New Labour era in which
policy spoke to social inclusion and excluded commu-
nities rather than to poverty and class differentiation.
However, with an ever-widening gap between the
richest and the poorest and the withdrawal of many
basic forms of state provision, class is once again
informing political and social discourse in Great
Britain. It is therefore timely to re-invigorate academic
debate around the relationship of class to the social
distribution of leisure opportunity and practice.
This conference will address questions concerning
the meaning of social class, the inuence of class on the
consumption of leisure, the role of leisure in forming
class identity, the mediation of class through everyday
Leisure Studies Association Conference 9-11 July, 2013
Hosted by University of Salford with the University of Bolton
Critical Perspectives for a New Era
leisure, the impact of the withdrawal of public sector
leisure provision on access to leisure opportunities and
the relationships between class and leisure provision
and planning. LSA 2013 aims to appeal broadly to an
international audience drawn from leisure theorists,
academic researchers in sociology, cultural studies,
public policy, economics, youth work, social and
cultural history and museology; practitioners, policy
makers, curators; research and postgraduate students.
Sub-themes are intended to encourage debate about the
relationships between class and leisure from different
perspectives. This call for papers invites submitters to
speak to one or more of the sub-themes, thus enabling
papers dealing in depth with one specic theme as
well as those offering a blended approach through a
combination of sub-themes.
The overarching theme of RE-CLASSING LEISURE
is social class and its inter-relationships with leisure
8 Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013
Hosts: University of Salford and University of Bolton
The Everyday is an important though contested concept
in leisure studies. While class is an everyday reality in the
socio-cultural production of leisure, leisure may signify a
break from the everyday. Leisure is thus simultaneously
everyday and other than everyday. This strand explores
the ways in which everyday leisure is shaped and nor-
malised by class and in which its consumption may sub-
vert and challenge class boundaries. It provides scope to
investigate everyday leisure and the construction of leisure
lives at all levels of class and across other indicators such as
gender, age and ethnicity.
Policy Social and economic policy frames and is a frame-
work for leisure practices. In an era of political and policy
change, questions arise how lifestyle and leisure practices
will evolve. Leisure studies scholarship could usefully
return to questions of stratication and social division in
such times. In an era of stripped back public spending,
restructuring of welfare and the project of the ‘Big Society’,
there is an opportunity to readdress questions of the rela-
tionship between policy, politics, the structures of inequal-
ity and its relationship with leisure behaviour, orientation,
meaning and spending. After years of absence, class may
re-emerge not only from the wilderness of political lexicon
but also as a crucial stratifying variable in academic study.
Consumption, Urban Leisure and Leisure Legacies
have been the subject of numerous studies which have
aimed to understand how different classes engage with
diverse leisure activities. How-ever, it is generally agreed
that people with different incomes (and therefore class)
have access to different leisure resources. Although this
statement may have been particularly true in the past, the
denition of leisure, its consumption and its legacy have
changed greatly, especially during the last twenty years.
Therefore, this theme aims to explore different aspects of
the consumption of leisure, legacies andhow the notion of
social class is mediated through them.
Leisure Provision Leisure industries may be seen as a
response to demand for commercialised leisure or the
driver of demand for commercially provided leisure. The
leisure industries will be conceptualised broadly here with
papers exploring aspects of travel and tourism, popular
spectator leisure (football, rugby, cricket for example), adult
commercialised leisure including pubs, clubs and alcohol,
gambling, the commercial music industry and other
aspects of commercial leisure. This theme offers opportu-
nities to explore the socially stratied nature of differing
types of commercial leisure provision and the ways in
which these reect and maintain class divisions.
Working together the Universities of Salford and
Bolton will present a unique conference based upon
two adjacent northern towns with an illustrious
history and a vibrant present of leisure provision.
Celebrated as, respectively, Ewan McColl’s ‘Dirty
Old Town and Mass Observations ‘Worktown’,
Salford and Bolton epitomise the collective identity
of an industrial working class that has now all but
disappeared, but also represent towns in which class
differentiation is readily visible in leisure opportunity
and resource.
The North West offers a microcosm of leisure
places and practices that reect and contextualise
issues of social class within leisure studies. National
extremes of wealth and privilege are well represented
in Greater Manchester with areas of exceptional pov-
erty and disadvantage separated from wealthy and
privileged neighbourhoods by only a few miles. We
intend to make use of these distinctions in wealth and
access to resources by connecting the conference to
local places and sources. There will be a display by and a visit to the Working Class
Movement Library which is situated on the University of Salford campus.
One strand of the conference will relate to Bolton, the locale of Mass Observations
‘Worktownwhich sought to investigate the everyday leisure of working class people,
through a visit to the Worktown collection at Bolton Museum and the holding of a
related parallel session there.
One keynote session will be held in Bolton One, a new on-campus facility built
through a partnership of the University of Bolton, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton as a
Centre of Excellence and research in Health and Well Being. Transport will be provided
to Bolton for delegates wishing to attend these session.
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 9
LSA 2013 Venue
The conference will be held on the University of Salford campus and will make use of
the accommodation available on that campus.
The University of Salford is a mile and a half (three kilometres) from Manchester city
centre and 1.6 miles from MediaCityUK. There are excellent transport links, with Sal-
ford Crescent railway station on campus and regular bus services. Trains from Man-
chester International Airport run hourly and take 30 minutes to campus. The airport
can also be reached by car within 20 minutes.
University of Salford Interactive Campus Map
Travel information
Dr. Bob Snape is Reader in Leisure and Sport, University of
Bolton. He was Secretary of the LSA 2001-2007 and has served as
Publications Ofcer 2010 to date. He was a member of the Confer-
ence Organising Committee of LSA2002 at the University of Cen-
tral Lancashire and is principal organiser of LSA one day
Recording Leisure Lives conferences held at Bolton 2008–2012.
He is principal editor of the ve volumes from this conference to
Neil Robinson lectures at Salford University Business School,
teaching at both under- and postgraduate levels. Neil has a wide
range of teaching experience within HE both in the UK and over-
seas. This includes distance learning programmes in Malaysia
and Hong Kong and consultancy roles for British Airways and
Panda Hotels, Hong Kong. Neil has also served on the executive
of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and has been
involved in the design of the Quality Assurance Agency subject
benchmarking statements for Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism. He
holds a number of external examiner roles in UK Universities
and has research interests in dark tourism, heritage, stand-up
comedy and musical legacy associated with place.
Dr. Carolyn Downs organised the rst International Conference
on Gambling and Social responsibility held in the UK (2008). She
has been awarded large grants under the European Union Life-
long Learning Programme for her research on entrepreneurship
— the ELIE Project (2012-2012) Employability: Learning through
International Entre–
preneurship and its follow-on ELIEMENTAL: breaking barriers
to enterprise (2013-2016). Alongside her post at Lancaster Univer-
sity Carolyn holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at MMU in the
Research Institute for Health and Social Change and also main-
tains an active interest in social history, publishing regularly on
the social history of gambling.
Phil Binks is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health
and Social Sciences at The University of Bolton and is a current
member of the LSA. Programme Leader for the BA Sports
Development and BA Sport and Leisure Management degrees.
Phil has been a member of the LSA for the last 9 years in which
time he has presented parallel sessions at the last 8 annual
conferences and has contributed to a number of post conference
Ana Borges da Costa is currently undertaking a PhD at the Uni-
versity of Bolton to explore the potential contribution of circle
dance to well-being through the subject eld of occupational
therapy. She is an occupational therapist by background with
over 23 years experience and she has also been teaching circle
dance for the past 17 years, in both Brazil and the United
Kingdom. Ana is a current member of the LSA Executive
Anna Catalani is a Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies,
University of Salford. Her research interests are in the area of
material culture, museum and heritage studies. Anna is particu-
larly interested in the process of identity construction through
collections, in different societies and historical contexts.
Kerry Moores joined Salford Business School in 2006 during her
teaching training after completing her Hospitality and Tourism
Management Degree at Salford in 2005. Kerry has worked in the
University of Salford’s Business School since 2007. She has previ-
ously taught hospitality and business management as her orig-
inal specialist subjects. However over the years her skills have
developed in enterprise education, which has become an area
which she now plans to develop as part of her PhD. Kerry is an
active member of the new Leisure, Research and Heritage group
(LRH), which is convened by the University of Salford. Through
this group Kerry has gained multi-disciplinary perspectives on a
wide range of leisure related issues. She has presented a paper on
the role of food in working class lives at the Recording Leisure
Lives conference held at the University of Bolton and has recently
embarked upon a PhD in Enterprise Education.
Trevor Taylor has been a lecturer at the University of Salford uni-
versity for 27 years teaching in Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and
sport related subjects. He is a past president of the Institute of
British Bakers. His research interests are related to sport, in par-
ticular tennis, in which he has had publications and urban lei-
sure, on which he has presented papers at various conferences.
He has helped students to publish in subjects including equality
in sport funding in relationship to Olympic and paralympic ath-
letes, and the social effects of binge drinking. His personal lei-
sure interests are watching golf and playing tennis; he is also
chairman of a local tennis club.
LSA 2013 Conference Committee
Conference committee contacts
Dr. Bob Snape Dr. Neil Robinson n.robinson@salford
10 Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013
LSA 2013 Conference (draft) Programme
LSA Executive Meeting
9.00 Registration / Coffee and Biscuits Lady Hale Centre
11.00 Conference Opening and Welcome
James Mulkeen University of Salford
Professor Karl Spracklen, Chair of the Leisure Studies Association Executive Committee
N. Robinson, C. Downs and R. Snape, LSA 2013 Conference Organisers
Stephen Hasall, Chief Executive of Salford Community Leisure and Andy Howitt,
Director of Salford City Council Leisure Services
12.30 Dinner Lady Hale Social Space
A1 Leisure Provision
Alex McDonagh, University of Salford … The shared habitus and everyday use of
woodland: how state ownership of natural heritage contributes to a breakdown of
class barriers.
Sue Stuart and Barbara Humberstone, Buckinghamshire New University … Ageing,
Physical Activity and Class.
Tom Fletcher and Katherine Dashper, Leeds Metropolitan University … ‘‘Bring on the
Dancing Horses!: Ambivalence and class obsession within British media reports of
the dressage at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
James Chen, National Quemoy University, Taiwan … The Application of Multinomial
Logit Model on Key Inuencers of Customer Preferences – Case of Liquor Marketing
Sharon Wheeler, University of Chester … “If you can afford it then its great but if you
can’t afford it it’s a nightmare” – The organised activity market used by middle-class
Thomas Thurnell-Read, Coventry University … Scarves, Sushi and Sea Salt: Stuff White
People Like and the unmasking of the middle class consumer.
Bina Bhardwa, University of Lancaster … “San Antonio is quite chavvy and lower
class”: The Spatialised Production of Classed Subjectivities in Dance Settings.
3.30 Refreshments Lady Hale Social Space
Professor John Walton, Ikerbasque
‘Leisure and Class in and out of Fashion: Historical Approaches in Britain, from the
1970s to the New Millennium
5.00 Leisure Studies Association AGM Lady Hale Lecture Theatre
7.00 Reception and Evening Meal Salford City Art Gallery
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 11
Hsuan Hsuan Chang, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan … Gender Differences in the
Leisure Involvement and Flow Experience Toward the Extreme Sport Participations.
Callie Spencer and Karen Paisley, University of Utah … From Fairy Tales to “Kinky
Fuckery:” Reading, Class, and Biopolitical Production.
Steven E. Mock and Maley Tudor, University of Waterloo … Involvement in Sexual
Minority-focused Sport as a Buffer against Internalized Homophobia.
Laurel P. Richmond, California State University and Corey W. Johnson, University of
Georgia … “As long as me and mine eat, Im alright”: Experiences of Women on
Evangelia Chamourgiotaki University of Peloponnese, Corinth … Leisure and the
social reproduction; the narratives of twelve immigrants.
Corey Johnson, University of Georgia & Joshua Trey Barnett Indiana University …
Dixie and Dominique ‘Get Real’: Performativity, Politics and Capitalism in Drag Space
Shu-Ching Lee, Chengchi University, Taiwan … Crossing Boundaries: ‘Naked Travel’ as
an approach to exploring ‘intersectionality’ in transnational migration research
Yolanda Lazaro Fernandez … Enjoying learning. A leisure experience for adults/senior
citizens at University.
Aurora Madariaga Ortuzar, Idurre Lazcano Quintana, Yolanda Lazaro Fernandez,
Sheila Romero Da Cruz … The construction of a concept of educational leisure for
childhood from the perspective of different agents.
Sung Hun Choi, University of Ulsan … Analysis of Leisure Patterns for Married
Women during the Life-Cycle in South Korea.
Richard Webb, Liverpool John Moores University … A qualitative investigation into
the follow up support offered to patients after an NHS obesity weight management
programme in Liverpool
10.30 Refreshments Lady Hale Social Space
Professor Bren Neale, University of Leeds. Title t.b.c.
12.00 Dinner Lady Hale Social Space
12.30 Higher Education Academy — Presentation by Lynne Bibbings, Discipline Lead for the
Hospitality,Sport and Tourism, Higher Education Academy.
Joanne Knowles, Liverpool John Moores University … The reinvention of Weston-
Super-Mare’s Grand Pier as postmodern leisure space.
Sarah-Joy Maddeaux, University of Bristol … “A favourite summer resort for all classes
of citizens”: Class and Respectability at Bristol Zoo Gardens, c. 1835-1939
Bob Snape, University of Bolton … “Tear his bloody arm off”: all-in wrestling, bowls,
and micro histories of everyday working class culture in Mass Observations
David Lamb Edith Cowan University … Living the slow life: A middle class privilege
(The slow life in Fremantle, Western Australia).
Gabby Riches, Leeds Metropolitan University … ‘It’ll Always Be That Way’: The
Exploration of Working Class Identities within the Leeds Heavy Metal Music Scene
David Barrett, Shefeld Hallam University, Geoff Nichols: University of Shefeld
and Christina Woods: Independent Researcher … Voluntary Sports Club Decline
– Hockey in Yorkshire, 1990–2011.
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Mawarni Mohamed … Young Partners Policy as a Context for Youth Development and
Social ill Prevention
Idurre Lazcano Quintana, Aurora Madariaga Ortuzar, Joseba Doistua Nebreda, Sheila
Romero Da Cruz … The value of inclusion in leisure. An operational strategy
focused on people with disabilities.
Deborah Stevenson … Stimulating and Regulating the Urban Night-time Economy: The
Case of Sydney, Australia
2.30 Refreshments Lady Hale Social Space
Professor Ken Roberts, University of Liverpool
‘Social Class and Leisure during recent recessions in Britain.
Susie Brown Loughborough University … Increased participation and engagement
through alternative sports in schools: a comparison of two case studies from the
Matalan yoUR Activity programme.
Geoff Nichols University of Shefeld and Rita Ralston, Manchester Metropolitan
University … The legacy costs of delivering the 2012 Olympic Games through regula-
tory capitalism.
Linda Wilks University of Hertfordshire … ‘An economic world reversed: the symbolic
capital of the London 2012 volunteer.
Sílvia Cristina Franco Amaral Universidade Estadual de Campinas … The social
legacies of mega events in Brazil.
Ana Borges da Costa University of Bolton … “There is a place for everybody”: circle
dance, leisure and well-being.
Ciaran McDonald, Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, University of St Andrews …
‘Theres more important things than bloody arts’: Exploring cultural regeneration in
peripheral urban communities in Dundee and Edinburgh.
Karl Spracklen Leeds Metropolitan University … Whiteness and the English Middle-
Classes at Leisure – A Case Study of the National Trust.
Anna Catalani … Museums, festivals and democratisation of culture
Nai-Yu Chen … The shaping and implications of museum experiences: a multiple
case study of heritage museums in Liverpool.
Dulce Filgueira de Almeida … The Dances and their meanings in the Kalunga
Quilombola Community in Goiás/Brasil
Louise Platt . … Dealing with the myths? Injurious speech in the construction of
tourism places.
7.00 Optional Informal Evening Meal
Leisure Studies Association Newsletter No. 95 — July 2013 13
Needham Yancey Gulley Athens Technical College and Laurel P. Richmond, California
State University … Risky Leisure: When Volunteering Endangers Your Way of Life.
Rhiannon Lord and Carly Stewart Cardiff Metropolitan University … Time for a
change? Bodies, uniform regulations and the formation of identities in female tram-
poline gymnasts.
Pauline McGovern and James Nazroo University of Manchester … The space of
possibilities of older people: social class, leisure and health.
Kay Biscomb … More Generations of Women: social mobility and sporting
Steven Gelder and Crispin Dale University of Wolverhampton and Neil Robinson
University of Salford … Stand Up Comedy, Social Control and Political Agendas? :
From Foucault to Frank Boyle, just stand up, please sit down.
Ana Paula Cunha Pereira, State Ofce for Education in Rio de Janeiro; Silvia Cristina
Franco Amaral, State University of Campinas); Jonathan Long, Leeds Metropolitan
University … The impacts of the second home business upon the leisure practice of
the inhabitants, in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
Deborah Stevenson University of Western Sydney … Stimulating and Regulating the
Urban Night-time Economy: The Case of Sydney, Australia
10.30 Refreshments Lady Hale Social Space
Dr. John Haworth, ‘Leisure, Work, Enjoyment and Well-being’
12.00 Dinner Lady Hale Social Space
Paul Gilchrist University of Brighton … The leisure identity of the labouring-class poet:
reections on the works of Robert Gilchrist, ‘Bard of Tyneside’.
Brett Lashua, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University … One Day on Earth:
Everyday leisure, crowd-sourcing and global media.
M. Taylor … Everyday participation and “nonparticipation” in the Taking Part Survey.
Adrienne Cachelin and Karen Paisley, University of Utah … Food practice as leisure:
reifying and contesting class .
Carolyn Downs University of Lancaster … Social Class and the legalisation of gambling
as mass leisure.
Somyyeh Moazami Guodarzi, National Olympic Committee Dr. Mohammad Ehsani,
Tarbiat Modares University Madieh Seraji, … Sport Marketing in Iran.
Emily Jessica Sheppard University of Bedfordshire, … An analysis of the economic
leisure constraints experienced by fans as a result of holding home sports xtures at
alternative stadia. Case study: Saracens RFC.
Conference committee contacts
Dr. Bob Snape Dr. Neil Robinson n.robinson@salford
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This is the fourth presentation of the LSA Leisure
Research Showcase — a feature designed to provide
up-to-date information about the rich diversity
of current leisure studies research in the UK and
internationally. Showcase 4 marks the beginning
of a second year in which we have featured
contributions from the UK and quite a few non-
UK countries, reecting the very much increased
number and proportion of LSA Members who hail
from outside the UK, as well as the expanded reach
of the Newsletter after the same three (and this also
the fourth) distributions in a digital format.
The Showcase will continue to aim at providing
opportunities to learn about forthcoming, newly
launched, on-going and recently completed studies
as they are happening, often before they have
reached the stage of formal academic publication.
The Showcase will also have a role in
contributing to the wider dissemination of the
end-products of research that may not automatically
come to our attention. These may include, for
example, reports from substantial contract research
studies that are in the public domain but have
not been widely disseminated across academic
We hope LSA members and colleagues will
continue to nd the information they read here
useful and be keen to contribute relevant items to
future issues.
LSA Showcase (Inaugural) Director
Prof. Tess Kay
and copy to LSA Newsletter
Myrene McFee
Leisure Research
Showcase 4
Showcase 4 presents contributions from
scholars in Taiwan, South America and
Africa, immediately conrming the
universal relevance of leisure studies.
First, Yu-Hsien Tsengs research into
physical activity among the elderly both
centres leisure addresses both the global
health agenda around physical activity
and the global demographic trend of
Next, Marianne Meier makes a
signicant contribution to advancing
the rapidly burgeoning eld of sport for
development research, with her detailed
critical scrutiny of the diverse meanings
of the concept of ‘role models’ within
different international development
contexts in three different African
And Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira
and Gláucio Campos Gomes de Matos
write on their research into leisure in
an Amazon community — perhaps
one of the most remote locations in
which leisure studies research has been
• The study of elderly women’s leisure-
time physical activities in life course
Yu-Hsien Tseng,
National Taiwan University
• ’Sporting role models’ as potential
catalysts to facilitate empowerment
and tackle gender issues: an empirical
study in Malawi, Zambia and South
Marianne Meier,
Technische Universität München,
• Cassava plantation, ‘ball games’ and
women in the Amazon communities of
Bicó, Cuiamucu and Canela Fina.
Gláucio Campos Gomes de Matos,
University of Manaus, Brazil and
Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira Gláucio
Federal University of Grande
Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Thanks to Tess Kay
who — having suggested that the LSA
Newsletter might carry a feature of this
type — inevitably found herself taki