We are entering a new era of leisure. Quality rather than quantity is now the focus of researchers, policymakers and managers. Technological change, an ageing population and a harsh economic climate are changing the values and practices of leisure, as well as the relationship between leisure, society and the individual.

Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure uses a variety of disciplinary approaches to introduce the most important trends in contemporary leisure in the Twenty-First Century. With contributions from some of the leading international figures in modern leisure studies, the book examines key philosophical and theoretical debates around leisure, with reference to concepts such as happiness, enjoyment and quality of life, as well as the most interesting contemporary themes in leisure studies, from youth leisure and ‘dark’ leisure to technology and adventure.

Understanding changes in leisure helps us to better understand changes in wider society. Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure is a perfect companion to any course in leisure studies, and useful reading for any student or scholar working in sociology, cultural studies, recreation, tourism, sport, or social psychology.

part I|64 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Leisure in the Laboratory and other Strange Notions

Psychological research on the subjective nature of leisure
ByRoger C. Mannell

chapter 2|10 pages

Escape from Time

Experience the travel within
ByPeter McGrath

chapter 3|11 pages

Leisure, Happiness and Positive Lifestyle

ByRobert A. Stebbins

chapter 4|15 pages

Leisure, Life, Enjoyment and Well-Being

ByJohn Haworth

chapter 5|11 pages

Deviance, Dark Tourism and ‘Dark Leisure'

Towards a (re)configuration of morality and the taboo in secular society
ByPhilip R. Stone, Richard Sharpley

part II|105 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

The Unsustainability of Leisure

The sustainability of just leisure
ByKarla A. Henderson

chapter 7|14 pages

Playing in the Great Outdoors

Risk and adventure activities in the twenty-first century
ByPaul Beedie

chapter 8|19 pages

Sites of Serious Leisure

Acting up in space and place
BySam Elkington

chapter 9|11 pages

I Am What I Pretend to Be

Performance and deception in leisure
BySean J. Gammon

chapter 11|15 pages

How not to take the Fun out of Everything

Facilitating volunteering and leisure
BySteven Howlett

chapter 12|16 pages

Youth and Leisure Experiences

Youth cultures and social change in Britain since the early twentieth century
ByKen Roberts

part III|69 pages

Lifelong learning

chapter 13|12 pages

Reflective Leisure, Freedom and Identity

ByHayden Ramsay

chapter 14|12 pages

The Comprehensive Leisure Participation Framework

Theoretical foundation, cross-cultural variation, and practical implications
ByGordon J. Walker

chapter 15|10 pages

Leisure, Identities and Personal Growth

ByScott A. Cohen

chapter 16|17 pages

Models of Teaching in Leisure Education

BySam Elkington, Mike Watkins

chapter 17|16 pages

To Boldly Go … Tales from a Leisurist

ByLesley Lawrence