Leisure Studies Resources through a DEIA Lens: Summer 2022 Edition

Diverse people enjoying summer leisure activities

To complement TIE‘s Summer Session podcast on race and leisure, we have compiled the following list of seminal texts and online resources on leisure, recreation, and wellness to help readers delve more deeply into this topic. We owe a great deal of thanks to the Choice reviewers and scholars who graciously suggested works for inclusion. Download the list here.


  1. The Arts of Indigenous Health and Well-Being (2021) edited by Nancy Van Styvendale, J.D. McDougall, Robert Henry, Robert Alexander Innes
  2. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors (2014) by Carolyn Finney
  3. The Native American Contest Powwow: Cultural Tethering Theory (2021) by Steven Aicinena and Sebahattin Ziyanak
  4. Pathways Through American History,” intersectional stories about how diverse peoples experience America and sought to make change, from the National Parks Service
  5. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (2019) by adrienne maree brown
  6. Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure: Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice (2014) edited by Monika Stodolska, Kimberly Shinew, Myron Floyd, and Gordon Walker
  7. Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto (2022) by Tricia Hersey
  8. The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection (2016) by Dorceta E. Taylor
  9. Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History (2021) by Katrina M. Phillips
  10. There There (2018) by Tommy Orange
  11. Unsettling America: the Uses of Indianness in the 21st Century (2013) by C. Richard King
  12. Whiteness and Leisure (2013) by Karl Spracklen
  13. Women’s Leisure, What Leisure?: A Feminist Analysis (1990) by Eileen Green, Sandra Hebron, and Diana Woodward


  1. American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study” (2013) by the National Park System Advisory Board, National Parks Service
  2. Anesto, The Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity (2010) by Michael J. Zogry
  3. Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites” (2008) by the National Historic Landmarks Program, National Parks Service
  4. Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States (2017) edited by Billy J. Hawkins, Akilah R. Carter-Francique, and Joseph N. Cooper
  5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession, 4th ed. (2022) edited by Ingrid E. Schneider and B. Dana Kivel
  6. Finding a Path Forward: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study” (2017) edited by Franklin Odo for the National Historic Landmarks Program, National Parks Service
  7. Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game (2014) by Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland
  8. Labor History in the United States: A National Historic Landmarks Theme Study” (2022) prepared by Rachel Donaldson for the National Historic Landmarks Program, National Parks Service
  9. Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Athletes in Latin America (2021) edited by Joaquín Piedra and Eric Anderson
  10. LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016) edited by Megan E. Spingate
  11. LGBT Athletes in the Sports Media (2019) edited by Rory Magrath
  12. The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (2018) edited by Louise Mansfield, Jayne Caudwell, Belinda Wheaton, and Beccy Watson
  13. Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (2010) by Ben Carrington
  14. A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind (2019) by Harriet A. Washington


  1. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, 2nd ed. (2014) by bell hooks
  2. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday (1998) by Angela Y. Davis
  3. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love, 2nd ed. (2021) by Sonya Reneee Taylor
  4. But Some of Us Are Brave, 2nd ed. (2015) edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith
  5. The Cancer Journals (1980) by Audre Lorde
  6. Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) by Claudia Rankine
  7. Decolonizing Wellness: A QTPOC-centered Guide to Escape the Diet Trap, Heal Your Self-Image, and Achieve Body Liberation (2022) by Dalia Kinsey
  8. For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts (2021) by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
  9. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (2017) edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  10. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Meding Our Hearts and Bodies (2017) by Resmaa Menakem
  11. Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017) by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger
  12. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2011) by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  13. Sister Outsider (1984) by Audre Lorde
  14. Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery, 2nd ed. (2014) by bell hooks
  15. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2016) by Monique W. Morris
  16. The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve (2020) by Rheeda Walker
  17. We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (2021) by Mariama Kabe
  18. You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience (2021) edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

TIE is grateful to the following Choice reviewers and scholars who graciously contributed specialized recommendations to the list above:

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Dr. Barbara Little

Program Manager, Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education; Project Director, NPS Mellon Humanities Fellows Program, National Park Service
Follow the National Park Service on Twitter @NatlParkService

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Dr. Rasul Mowatt

Department Head and Professor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University

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Dr. Mecke Nagel

Professor, Philosophy and Africana Studies; Director, Center for Ethics, Peace, and Social Justice, SUNY Cortland

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Dr. Julius Rubin

Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Saint Joseph

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Amy Tureen

Head, Library Liaison Program, Research & Education Division, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Twitter: @ATureen; LinkedIn

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