There have been a number of social, political and economic shifts that have played a major role in constraining, enriching, mediating and altering everyday family interactions and family practices. These include globalization, economic instability, neoliberal government paradigms, a culture of consumerism, technological advancements, shifting demographics and changing parenting ideologies. This book considers what advancements have been made in family leisure research over the past two decades within the context of a rapidly shifting society and examines potential new directions for scholarship. The book begins with an emphasis on the need for scholarship that explores diverse constructions of family and provides a call to action for family-centered scholars to engage with broader social issues. A collection of authors argue the importance of expanding the understanding of family to include older adults, highlight the missing perspectives of recreation and leisure agencies in family scholarship, and examine the ways in which information communication technology may alter family leisure. Authors also consider the dominance of particular theoretical perspectives, and the limitations and consequences of such perspectives, to understand the complexity, diversity and richness of the lived family experience.
The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of Leisure Sciences and an invited commentary in the Annals of Leisure Research.
"It must be acknowledged that the book has the valuable aim of displaying several perspectives on family leisure research by an aggregate version. Recognizing the gaps presented by authors in their excursus, as well as the progress done by the research ?eld so far, the book may provide a basic and up-to-date source for deepening the knowledge on family leisure and its multiple facets."
Lucia Cicero, Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Udine.
1. Revisiting Family Leisure Research and Critical Reflections on the Future of Family-Centered Scholarship
Dawn E. Trussell, Ruth Jeanes, and Elizabeth Such
2. Updating the Family Operating System: A Literature Review of Information Communication Technology and Family Leisure
3. The (In)Visibility of Grandparents in Family Leisure Research: A Call for Expanded Conceptualizations of “Family”
4. Family Leisure and Leisure Service Provision: Making the Case for Including Perspectives from Practice
Charlene S. Shannon
5. The Core and Balance Model of Family Leisure Functioning: A Systematic Review
Jasmine A. Townsend, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, and Ramon B. Zabriskie
6. Family Activity Model: Crossroads of Activity Environment and Family Interactions in Family Leisure
Karen K. Melton
7. Families as agents of social change and justice in communities through leisure and sport experiences
Dawn E. Trussell