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Polluted Leisure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifton EversORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor & Francis Inc., 2019.

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Leisure now involves becoming-with pollution. In this article I work with the concept of “polluted leisure” to explore how to better understand and respond to the enmeshment of pollution and leisure in late capitalist societies. Pollution and leisure are argued to be mutually-shaping. Evidence for the argument is provided through a pilot study of “intoxicated” surfers at a post-industrial site. The study proceeds through a “more-than-human” paradigm. Nonhuman and material agencies are fused with socio-economic (specifically capitalism) and human subjectivity issues e.g. gender (specifically masculinity). A “wet ethnography” – an experimental multi-media transdisciplinary methodology – is employed to notice and articulate the dynamic complexity. It is concluded that that the busyness of pollution complicates leisure discourses that bifurcate nature and society, natural and artificial, subject and object that shape environmental politics, sustainability efforts, and notions of wellbeing achieved through encounters with Blue Spaces.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Evers CW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Leisure Sciences

Year: 2019

Volume: 41

Issue: 5

Pages: 423-440

Online publication date: 08/07/2019

Acceptance date: 18/06/2018

Date deposited: 11/06/2018

ISSN (print): 0149-0400

ISSN (electronic): 1521-0588

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.


DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1627963


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