First published in 1987. Following an introductory chapter on the nature of theory and the outline of the book, there are eight chapters on the explanatory approaches, or models, employed in this dialectical analysis of the leisure industry. These models focus on particular elements of leisure: experience, decision, development, identities, interaction, institutions, political forces, and human definitions. With a new preface to the re-issue by the author, this title will be of great interest to students of Sociology and Leisure Studies.
1. The Play of Theories 2. Leisure as Immediate Experience 3. Existential Theory 4. Developmental Theory 5. Social Identity Theory 6. Interaction Theory 7. Institutional Theory 8. Political Theory 9. Humanist Theory 10. Dialectical Theory: A Synthesis; Annotated Bibliography; Indexes
This set of 12 volumes, originally published between 1938 and 2001, brings together research on Leisure Studies, including works on young people and leisure, the family, and political influence on the leisure industry. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and leisure.