Leisure Matters

The State and Future of Leisure Studies
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Editor(s): Gordon J. Walker
David Scott
Monika Stodolska

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Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure Studies updates and expands Jackson and Burton’s Mapping the Past, Charting the Future (1989) and Leisure Studies: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century (1999). The need to do so was driven by the significant new developments in the leisure studies field as well as the arrival of new and upcoming experts in specific areas of study.

Leisure Matters features new sections on:

  • Disciplinary Perspectives (including chapters on anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, and economics of leisure)
  • Cognate Area Perspectives (including chapters on leisure, health, and physical activity; leisure and religion/spirituality; sport as leisure; and tourism)
  • International Perspectives (including chapters on leisure in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, East Asia, Europe, Latin America)
  • Diverse Perspectives (including chapters on leisure in terms of youth, family, older adults, immigrants, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBQ community; and people with disabilities)

Other book chapters focus on leisure theory; leisure, time, and technology; leisure needs, motivations, and constraints; leisure, place, and social capital; leisure planning, marketing, and management; leisure research methods; and the future of the leisure studies field.

Approximately 80% of each chapter summarizes the current state of that specific leisure concept, topic, or area, while the remaining 20% dares to “speculate imaginatively” about where it could (and should) proceed in the future.

Both summary and speculation are limited to approximately 6,000 words, as chapter authors were instructed to heed French philosopher Blaise Pascal’s (1656) oft-cited apology that “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”

While Leisure Matters maintains the spirit and rigor of Jackson and Burton’s earlier books, it also reflects the growth and maturity that has subsequently occurred in the leisure studies field.

Table of Contents: 

Section 1—Exploring Leisure

Chapter 1—Anthropology and Leisure

Chapter 2—Leisure at the Biological Level

Chapter 3—Economic Decision Making in Leisure and Recreation

Chapter 4—History of Leisure

Chapter 5—Philosophy of Leisure Studies

Chapter 6—Psychology of Leisure, Positive Psychology, and “Psychologizing” Leisure

Chapter 7—Rethinking Sociological Leisure Studies for the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 8—Leisure, Health, and Physical Activity

Chapter 9—Leisure and Religion/Spirituality

Chapter 10—Sport as a Leisure Behavior

Chapter 11—Tourism

Chapter 12—Leisure in Africa

Chapter 13—Leisure in Australia and New Zealand

Chapter 14—Leisure in East Asia

Chapter 15—Loisir San Frontiers? Leisure in Europe

Chapter 16—Leisure in Latin America

Section 2—Experiencing Leisure

Chapter 17—Leisure, Needs, and Motivations

Chapter 18—Leisure Constraints and Negotiation: Highlights from the Journey Past, Present, and Future

Chapter 19—Leisure and Intensity of Participation

Chapter 20—From Purple Roots to Dark, Sexy, and Diverse: The Past, Present, and Future of Deviant Leisure

Chapter 21—Youth and Leisure

Chapter 22—Family and Leisure

Chapter 23—Leisure and Aging (Well)

Chapter 24—The Relational Politics of Gender and Leisure

Chapter 25—More Equitable Moments: The Changing Nature of Leisure for the LGBQ Community

Chapter 26—Leisure and People with Disabilities

Chapter 27—How Does Leisure Studies Respond to the Needs and Requests of Indigenous People?

Chapter 28—Leisure, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Chapter 29—Trends in Time for Leisure

Chapter 30—The Roles Technology Plays in Twenty-First Century Leisure

Chapter 31—Place and Leisure

Chapter 32—Leveraging Leisure-Based Community Networks to Access Social Capital

Section 3—Delivering Leisure

Chapter 33—Public Policy and Planning Frameworks

Chapter 34—Marketing Public Leisure Services: Key Concepts, Approaches, and

Chapter 35—Contemporary Views of Management and Leadership in Leisure Studies

Section 4—Debating Leisure

Chapter 36—Metatheorizing Leisure Theory

Chapter 37—Qualitative Inquiry in Leisure Studies

Chapter 38—Experimental Designs in Leisure Studies

Chapter 39—Leisure and the Academy: Curricula and Scholarship in Higher Education

Chapter 40—Celebrating Leisure Studies: Onward, Outward, and Upward


About the Editor(s)

Gordon J. Walker

Gordon J. Walker is a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Regina; his Master’s degree from Arizona State University; and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Gordon’s research program focuses on how culture and ethnicity affect leisure behavior (e.g., motivations for, constraints to, experiences during, and outcomes of, leisure).

In 2009, he was elected to the Academy of Leisure Sciences; in 2011, he co-authored the second edition of A Social Psychology of Leisure with Doug Kleiber and Roger Mannell; and in 2014, he co-edited Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure with Monika Stodolska, Kim Shinew, and Myron Floyd.

Gordon’s leisure activities include canoeing, reading books (mostly histories and mysteries), listening to music (from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars), and traveling with his wife, Janet (including trips to Mongolia, Mozambique, and Moose Jaw).

David Scott

David Scott is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Between 1991 and 1994, he served as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, Ohio.

David’s undergraduate work was completed at Purdue University, where he majored in sociology and wrestled heavyweight for the Boilermakers.

He holds advanced degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on recreation specialization, serious leisure, and leisure constraints.

David has published over 75 articles in scholarly journals and served as the Editor of the Journal of Leisure Research from 2002 to 2007.

He was elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2007 and was the 2011 recipient of the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research presented annually by National Recreation and Park Association.

His leisure interests include birdwatching, reading (history), watching old movies, bicycling, cooking, and playing games with family and friends.

Monika Stodolska

Monika Stodolska is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on issues of cultural change and quality of life and their relationship to leisure behavior among ethnic and racial minorities.

She explores subjects such as the adaptation processes among minority groups, the effects of leisure on identity development among immigrants, and transnationalism.

Other subjects that are prominent in her research include ethnic and racial discrimination in leisure settings, recreation behavior of minority populations in natural environments, physical activity among minority groups, and constraints on leisure.

In 2013, Monika was elected to the Academy of Leisure Sciences and in 2014 she co-edited Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure with Gordon Walker, Kim Shinew, and Myron Floyd.

Monika’s leisure activities include hiking in the mountains of Montana, skiing, and adventure travel.