Ways of Seeing Differently: Complexity and Contradiction in the Critical Project of Sport and Leisure Studies (Response to Rosemary Deem)

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Robert Sparks The University of British Columbia

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Although it is apparent that conceptual reconciliation between the critical frameworks of sport and leisure studies would enable more strategic and innovative work, this paper argues that the complexity of this undertaking should not be underestimated. Several shortcomings in Deem’s analysis of theoretical integration are traced out, and a basis is struck for critically analyzing work in leisure and sports studies generally. Finally, Deem’s conception of “radical pluralism” is reviewed and a way of proceeding is proposed.

Direct all correspondence to Robert Sparks, School of Physical Education and Recreation, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1W5.
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