Leisure Studies. July 2008, 27(3)

Carter takes on ' phantasmal Cubans' (read: eroticised exotics in general, or sex-workers and associated black-market staffers servicing tourists; the focus shifts awkwardly). Surprisingly the scene is tawdry, fake and riddled with hypocrisy. The state has a stake (in the 'conjuration', that is) but the relation is a mess of ideological, legal and economic contradictions. This is all over the place, and I feel none the wiser.

We're observing the Amsterdam World Cup with Burdsey. Dutch multi-cultural integration policies come together with amateur football and the results are mixed (a welcome attempt hampered by bland official policy, fleeting and shallow inter-group interactions, patriarchy...).

Lindsey attempts to clarify 'sustainability' in sports policy (NOPES provides the example). A framework from health lit is used - and found occasionally wanting (naturally, more research is required). This is severely wonkish stuff.

Waring offers 'workstyle' as a tag for career focused urban professionals' use of premiere health and fitness clubs. There's both symbolic and practical work-leisure links here, with identity and leisure influenced by professional (and class) demands.

'Jenny' and 'Carrie' talk dance in Atencio's piece. Identities and subjectivities shift with dance styles, and self-expression is empowering ('resistance' also hovers about anxiously). Is that city really in the NE?

Jordan & Atchison note that female tourists get hit on and stared at - especially when travelling alone - and that this often makes them uncomfortable and self-conscious in public places. At least two jerky foreign men are identified. Foucault, and various riffs on the gaze are mobilised.