For the full enjoyment of the congress, preparatory readings can always help to better understand the topics under discussion. For those avid readers seeking for a detailed preparation of this event, we have selected relevant articles of our World Leisure Journal related to the overall theme of the Congress ‘Leisure makes life better’. In doing so, we have covered this section with articles that address the different thematic areas to be discussed during the congress’ forums and subforums. These articles from the World Leisure Journal are available with free access thanks to the generosity of our publisher Taylor and Francis.

Features of the Leisure of Farmwomen of Haryana State (India)

Bimla and Mamta Neerjs Dilbaghi (2007)

This study is based on surveys that were conducted in the villages of the state of Haryana in India and aimed to explore the leisure experiences of the women employed in farming. The results indicated that leisure for farmwomen differed from its traditional meaning.

Gender and cultural diversity in sport organisations

Dr. Tracy Taylor (2001)

The objective of this study is to provide insight and create awareness about social inclusion in sport. Players and staff of the community sport clubs in Australia were interviewed about their opinions on gender and cultural diversity. It was discovered that most clubs tried to include more female players; however, they lacked concern about cultural diversity.

Social Transformation: The Value of Traditional Leisure Culture of China Revisited

Ma Huidi and Liu Er (2009)

Leisure has been of prime importance in the history of Chinese culture. However, due to the increasing modernization and the rise of consumerism in the society, the conventional meaning of leisure has been lost. This paper aspires to discover a fresh outlook towards change and development of a sustainable community by reminiscing about the traditional leisure customs.

A strategic process to anticipate the digital blurring of urban work and leisure

Marco Bevolo and Filiberto Amati (2020)

This paper is based on the idea that the boundaries between work and leisure are getting blurred due to the technological advancements in cities. In regard to this, the concept of luxury and people’s way of consuming it, is being studied.

Leisure, Health and Well-Being

Dr. Roger C. Mannell (2007)

This paper recapitulates the previous literature on how leisure affects the health and well-being of a person. The impact of leisure on other aspects such as work, personal relations and family dynamics is also considered to study the influence of leisure on an individual’s health.

Leisure and Ageing Well

Dr. Sherry L. Dupuis and Murray Alzheimer (2008)

This paper details the current role that leisure plays in making sure that the older adult population ages well which is becoming very essential for reducing the stress on the healthcare systems. It also talks about the lack of availability of leisure to neglected communities which can make them vulnerable.

Childhood and leisure: Are leisure tools responsible for the evolution of ‘Little Adults’?

Rashmi Jain (2010)

This paper studies how the developments in technology, easy accessibility of leisure tools and other factors that have changed the childhood of children in the modern age, are accountable for the emergence of a phenomenon called ‘Little Adults’.

Digital heritage tourism: innovations in museums

Trilce Navarrete (2019)

This paper studies the emerging role of digital technology in museums and how it brings innovation into the heritage tourism industry by giving rise to the digital heritage tourist who seeks learning beyond what is available in the physical museums.

How park and recreation agencies engage in community development

Sydney L. Sklar, Cari E. Autry and Stephen C. Anderson (2014)

In this study, officials from park and recreation centres were provided with a questionnaire that measured their perspective on community development, its importance to their centre and how their centre contributed towards it.

Re-Framing Questions: Assessing the Significance of Leisure

Dr. Susan M. Shaw (2007)

There is limited research on leisure in relation to other fields of study, so this paper aims to explore the relationships between leisure and dimensions such as social and political systems. The role of leisure in policymaking, societal development and eradication of universal problems is studied.