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Leisure Studies

ISBN 9780415411660
Published December 4, 2006 by Routledge
1856 Pages

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Edited by two leading scholars in the field, Leisure Studies is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences. It is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research in Leisure Studies.

The origin of Leisure Studies is comparatively recent. The subject is largely a postwar development which began to unfold in the 1960s, initially in the USA and Europe. The subject area has continued to evolve internationally from a number of other disciplines and cognate areas—such as outdoor recreation, geography, history, economics, and sociology—and there has been a corresponding growth in Leisure Studies scholarship. Leisure Studies is now a vibrant and dynamic field of study and research, and the sheer scale of the growth in its output makes this collection especially timely. A wide range of social science journals have published leisure-related material and this Major Work makes available foundational pieces of scholarship—as well as cutting-edge research—from these disparate, and sometimes less accessible sources, as well as from the leading UK, European, and North American leisure journals, and from other publications, some of which are no longer in print.

As well as bringing together the key studies and journal articles that have shaped leisure thought, the collection is to be welcomed as the first mapping of an area that to date has lacked an interdisciplinary synthesis. The thematic organization of the collection, together with the editors’ introductions and their commentaries on the collected texts, makes sense of the wide range of approaches, theories, and concepts that have informed Leisure Studies, and reviews the history of the subject and the rise of its identity and research agenda. It is an essential collection destined to be valued as a vital research resource by all scholars and students of the subject.

Table of Contents


General Introduction: ‘Evolution of Leisure as a Subject: Landmark Studies and Disciplinary Contributions’

Introduction to Volume I

Part 1: Geography

1. J. T. Coppock (1982) ‘Geographical contributions to the study of leisure’, Leisure Studies 1(1): 1–27

2. C. Aitchison (1999) ‘New cultural geographies: The spatiality of leisure, gender and sexuality’, Leisure Studies 18(1): 19–39

3. D. Crouch (2000) ‘Places around us: embodied lay geographies in leisure and tourism’, Leisure Studies 19(1): 63–76

Part 2: History

4. P. Bailey (1989) ‘Leisure, culture and the historian: Reviewing the first generation of leisure historiography in Britain’, Leisure Studies 8(2): 107–27

5. S. Rowntree and G. Lavers (1951) English Life and Leisure: A Social Study (London: Longmans, Green & Co.), pp. 415–50

6. M. Billinge (1996) ‘A time and place for everything: An essay on recreation, re-Creation and the Victorians’, Journal of Historical Geography 22(4): 443–59

7. G. Cross (1986) ‘The political economy of leisure in retrospect: Britain, France and the origins of the eight-hour day’, Leisure Studies 5(1): 56–90

Part 3: Social policy, social theory and conceptualizations of leisure

8. F. Coalter (1998) ‘Leisure studies, leisure policy and social citizenship: The failure of welfare or the limits of welfare?’, Leisure Studies 17(1): 21–36

9. H. Van Moorst (1982) ‘Leisure and social theory’, Leisure Studies 1(2): 157–69

10. D. Dawson (1988) ‘Leisure and the definition of poverty’, Leisure Studies 7(3): 221–31

11. K. Moore, G. Cushman and D. Simmons (1995) ‘Behavioural conceptualisation of tourism and leisure’, Annals of Tourism Research 22(1): 67–85

Part 4: The work-leisure debate

12. J. Zuzanek and R. Mannell (1983) ‘Work–leisure relationships from a sociological and social psychological perspective’, Leisure Studies 2(3): 327–44

13. D. T. Herbert (1987) ‘Exploring the work–leisure relationship: an empirical study of South Wales’, Leisure Studies 6(2): 147–65

14. R. A. Stebbins (1997) ‘Serious Leisure and Well-Being’, in J. T. Haworth (ed.), Work, Leisure and Well-Being (London: Routledge), pp. 117–30

Part 5: Leisure theory and lifestyle

15. C. Rojek (2005) ‘An outline of the action approach to leisure studies’, Leisure Studies 24(1): 13–25

16. S. Glyptis (1981) ‘Leisure life-styles’, Regional Studies 15(5): 311–26

17. A. Veal (1993) ‘The concept of lifestyle’, Leisure Studies 12(4): 233–52

18. C. Aitchison (2000) ‘Poststructural feminist theories of representing Others: A response to the "crisis" in leisure studies discourse’, Leisure Studies 19(3): 127–44

19. R. Stebbins (1997) ‘Casual leisure: A conceptual statement’, Leisure Studies 16(1): 17–25

20. C. Rojek (2000) ‘Leisure and the rich today: Veblen’s thesis after a century’, Leisure Studies 19(1): 1–15

21. A. Veal (1998) ‘Leisure studies, pluralism and social democracy’, Leisure Studies 17(4): 249–67

Part 6: The economics and psychology of leisure

22. R. Vickerman (1983) ‘The contribution of economics to the study of leisure: a review’, Leisure Studies 2(3): 345–64

23. R. Ingham (1986) ‘Psychological contributions to the study of leisure: Part One’, Leisure Studies 5(3): 255–79

24. R. Ingham (1987) ‘Psychological contributions to the study of leisure: Part Two’, Leisure Studies 6(1): 1–14


Introduction to Volume II

Part 7: The home and domestic leisure

25. S. Glyptis and D. Chambers (1982) ‘No place like home’, Leisure Studies 1(3): 247–62

26. M. Bhatti and A. Church (2000) ‘I never promised you a rose garden: Gender, leisure and home-making’, Leisure Studies 19(2): 183–97

27. D. Crouch (1989) ‘Patterns of cooperation in the cultures of outdoor leisure: the case of allotments’, Leisure Studies 8(2): 189–99

Part 8: Urban leisure and the urban environment

28. P. Wilkinson (1988) ‘The historical roots of urban open space planning’, Leisure Studies 7(2): 125–43

29. A. Strachan and I. Bowler (1976) ‘The development of public parks in the city of Leicester’, East Midland Geographer, 6: 275–83

30. D. Taylor (1999) ‘Central Park as a model for social control: Urban parks, social class and leisure behaviour in nineteenth-century America’, Journal of Leisure Research 31(4): 420–77

31. J. Burgess, C. Harrison and M. Limb (1988) ‘People, parks and the urban green: A study of popular meanings and values for open spaces in the city’, Urban Studies, 25: 455–73

32. S. J. Page, K. Nielsen and R. Goodenough (1994) ‘Managing urban parks: User perspectives and local leisure needs in the 1990s’, Service Industries Journal 14(2): 216–37

33. B. Yuen (1996) ‘Use and experience of neighbourhood parks in Singapore’, Journal of Leisure Research 28(4): 293–311

34. S. Scraton and B. Watson (1998) ‘Gendered cities: Women and public leisure space in the "postmodern city"’, Leisure Studies 17(2): 123–37

35. C. Rojek (1993) ‘Disney culture’, Leisure Studies 12(2): 121–35

36. K. Roberts (1997) ‘Same activities, different meanings: British youth cultures in the 1990s’, Leisure Studies 16(1): 1–15

37. J. Northcote (2006) ‘Nightclubbing and the search for identity: Making the transition from childhood to adulthood in an urban milieu’, Journal of Youth Studies 9(1): 1–16

38. S. Essex and B. Chalkley (1998) ‘Olympic Games: Catalyst of urban change’, Leisure Studies 17(3): 187–206

Part 9: The impact of demand on recreational resources

39. G. Wall (1972) ‘Socio-economic variations in pleasure trip patterns: The case of Hull car-owners’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 57: 45–58

40. S. Glyptis (1981) ‘People at play in the countryside’, Geography 66(4): 277–85

41. C. Harrison (1983) ‘Countryside recreation and London’s urban fringe’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 8: 295–313

42. J. A. Patmore (1983) ‘Recreation patterns in the countryside and coast’, in J. A. Patmore, Recreation and Resources: Leisure Patterns and Leisure Places (Blackwell: Oxford), pp. 122–62

43. G. Parker and N. Ravenscroft (1999) ‘Benevolence, nationalism and hegemony: Fifty years of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949’, Leisure Studies 18(4): 297–313

44. H. Cordell C. Betz and G. Green (2002) ‘Recreation and the environment as cultural dimensions in contemporary American society’, Leisure Sciences 24(1): 13–41

45. G. Ritzer and T. Stillman (2001) ‘The postmodern ballpark as a leisure setting: enchantment and simulated de-McDonaldization’, Leisure Sciences 23(2): 99–113


Introduction to Volume III

Part 10: Leisure motivation

46. R. Crandall (1980) ‘Motivations for leisure’, Journal of Leisure Research 12(1): 45–54

47. S. Iso-Ahola (1983) ‘Towards a social psychology of recreational travel’, Leisure Studies 2(1): 45–56

Part 11: Constraints to leisure participation

48. E. Jackson (1988) ‘Leisure constraints: A survey of past research’, Leisure Sciences 10: 203–15

49. E. Jackson (1991) ‘Leisure constraints/constrained leisure’, Leisure Sciences 13(4): 273–8

50. D. Crawford, E. Jackson and G. Godbey (1991) ‘A hierarchical model of leisure constraints’, Leisure Sciences 13(4): 309–20

51. T. Kay and G. Jackson (1991) ‘Leisure despite constraint: The impact of leisure constraints on leisure participation’, Journal of Leisure Research 23: 301–13

52. E. Jackson, D. Crawford and G. Godbey (1993) ‘Negotiation of leisure constraints’, Leisure Sciences 15(1): 1–11

53. D. Samdahl and N. Jekubovich (1997) ‘A critique of leisure constraints: Comparative analyses and understandings’, Journal of Leisure Research 29(4): 430–52

54. E. Jackson (2000) ‘Will research on leisure constraints still be relevant in the twenty-first century?’, Journal of Leisure Research 32(1): 62–7

55. D. Shogan (2002) ‘Characterising constraints of leisure: A Foucaultian analysis of leisure constraints’, Leisure Studies 21(1): 27–38

Part 12: Leisure, time and work: Implications for participation

56. J. Zuzanek, T. Beckers and P. Peters (1998) ‘The "harried leisure class" revisited: Dutch and Canadian trends in the use of time from the 1970s to the 1990s’, Leisure Studies 17(1): 1–20

57. S. Lewis (2003) ‘The integration of paid work and the rest of life. Is post-industrial work the new leisure?’ Leisure Studies 22(4): 343–55

Part 13: Social groups, leisure and participation

58. T. Kay (2000) ‘Leisure, gender and family: The influence of social policy’, Leisure Studies 19(4): 247–65

59. M. Jansen-Verbeke (1986) ‘Inner city leisure resources’, Leisure Studies 4(2): 141–57

60. M. Allison (2000) ‘Leisure, diversity and social justice’, Journal of Leisure Research 32(1): 2–6

61. S. Glyptis (1983) ‘Business as usual? Leisure participation for the unemployed’, Leisure Studies 2(3): 287–300

62. M. Floyd (1998) ‘Getting beyond marginality and ethnicity: The challenge for race and ethnic studies in leisure research’, Journal of Leisure Research 30(1): 3–22

63. N. Ravenscroft and S. Markless (2000) ‘Ethnicity and the integration and exclusion of young people through urban park and recreation provision’, Managing Leisure 5(3): 135–50

64. E. Gómez (2002) ‘The ethnicity and public recreation participation model’, Leisure Sciences 24(2): 123–42

65. S. M. Thomson, B. C. Grant and A. Dharmalingam (2002) ‘Leisure time in mid-life: what are the odds?’ Leisure Studies 21(2): 125–43

66. S. Lincoln (2005) ‘Feeling the noise: Teenagers, bedrooms and music’, Leisure Studies 24(4): 399–414

67. S. Wearing and B. Wearing (2000) ‘Smoking as a fashion accessory in the 90s: Conspicuous consumption, identity and adolescent women’s leisure choices’, Leisure Studies 19(1): 45–58

68. K. Roberts, C. Fagan, I. Bontenko and K. Razlogou (2001) ‘Economic polarization, leisure practices and policies, and the quality of life: a study in post-communist Moscow’, Leisure Studies 20(3): 161–72

69. K. Roberts, S. Povall and J. Tholen (2005) ‘Farewell to the intelligentsia: Political transformation and changing forms of leisure consumption in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe’, Leisure Studies 24(2): 115–36


Introduction to Volume IV

Part 14: Concepts and tools for managing leisure resources and users

70. G. Jacob and R. Schreyer (1980) ‘Conflict in outdoor recreation: A theoretical perspective’, Journal of Leisure Research 12(4): 368–80

71. A. R. Graefe, J. J. Vaske and F. R. Kuss (1984) ‘Social carrying capacity: An integration and synthesis of twenty years of research’, Leisure Sciences 6(4): 395–431

72. A. R. Graefe, J. J. Vaske and F. R. Kuss (1984) ‘Resolving issues and remaining questions about social carrying capacity’, Leisure Sciences 6(4): 497–507

73. B. Shelby and T. A. Heberlein (1984) ‘A conceptual framework for carrying capacity’, Leisure Sciences 6: 433–51

74. B. Shelby, J. J. Vaske and T. A. Heberlein (1989) ‘Comparative analysis of crowding in multiple locations: Results from fifteen years of research’, Leisure Sciences 11(4): 269–91

75. M. Roe and J. Benson (2001) ‘Planning for conflict resolution: jet-ski use on the Northumberland coast’, Coastal Management 29(1): 19–39

76. S. Tunstall and E. Penning-Rowsell (1998) ‘The English beach: Experience and values’, Geographical Journal 164(3): 319–32

77. B. Eaton and D. Holding (1996) ‘The evaluation of public transport alternatives to the car in British national parks’, Journal of Transport Geography 4(1): 55–65

Part 15: The public sector, leisure resources and their management

78. F. Coalter (1993) ‘Sports participation: Price or priorities?’, Leisure Studies 12(2): 171–82

79. N. Ravenscroft (1996) ‘Leisure, consumerism and active citizenship in the UK’, Managing Leisure 1: 163–74

80. F. Coalter (2000) ‘Public and commercial leisure provision: Active citizens and passive consumers?’, Leisure Studies 19(3): 163–81

81. J. White (1999) ‘Managing the Lottery: Evaluation of the first four years and lessons for local authorities’, Managing Leisure 4: 78–93

Part 16: Leisure and consumers: Marketing and management issues

82. K. Mackay and J. Crompton (1988) ‘A conceptual model of consumer evaluation of recreation service quality’, Leisure Studies 7(1): 41–9

83. A. Bright (2000) ‘The role of social marketing in leisure and recreation management’, Journal of Leisure Research 32(1): 12–17

Part 17: The future of leisure studies and leisure research

84. W. Harper (1997) ‘The future of leisure: Making leisure work’, Leisure Studies 16(3): 189–98

85. R. Deem (1999) ‘How do we get out of the ghetto? Strategies for research on gender and leisure for the twenty-first century’, Leisure Studies 18(3): 161–77

86. G. Godbey (2000) ‘The future of leisure studies’, Journal of Leisure Research 32(1): 37–41

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Stephen Page has been co-editor of the leading Tourism journal, Tourism Management (Elsevier), since 1996. He is the author, editor and co-editor/co-author of twenty books and helped Routledge set up their initial tourism list in the early 1990s prior to the move to Thomson Learning in 1995. He has taught and researched on leisure-related issues since 1987 and has experience of compiling a similar publication based on The Best of Tourism Management in 2000 (forty contributions). He holds the Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley Chair in Tourism at the University of Stirling. He has written three editions of our Geography of Tourism and Recreation.

Joanne Connell is Lecturer in Tourism and Co-ordinator of Leisure Studies at the University, with enrolments of up to 130 in the first-year course. She has taught and researched in this area since 1996 and has a PhD in the area. She has co-authored two editions of Tourism: A Modern Synthesis (Thomson Learning), which is about to appear as a full-colour text. This will be one of only three major international texts in the field (two of them in colour) and its comprehensive synthesis of the field illustrates a wider understanding of the needs of this project to provide a similar outcome. Her ability to signpost the literature is a complementary skill which she would bring to the project. She is also a leisure consultant and has worked for various clients, including VisitScotland and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (LLTNP). She was seconded to LLTNP to help them prepare their National Park Plan and so she has both academic and practitioner experience which will be invaluable for this project.