By Robert A. Stebbins.
University of Calgary
Website (personal): http://soci.ucalgary.ca/profiles/robert-stebbins
Website (Perspective): www.seriousleisure.net
The serious leisure perspective (SLP) was launched in late 1973 anchored in the dualism of serious and casual leisure. These two terms are my own, but the distinction they denote has been discussed using different adjectives by, among others, de Grazia, (1962, pp. 332-336), Glasser (1970, pp. 190-192), Kaplan (1975, pp. 80, 183), and Kando (1980, p. 108). In a far more simplistic way than suggested now by the SLP, the first three leaned toward serious leisure as the ideal way for people in post-industrial society to spend their free time. The serious leisure perspective (introduced in Stebbins, 2007/2015) is the name for the theoretic framework that bridges and synthesizes three main forms of leisure, known as casual leisure, project-based leisure, and the serious pursuits (i.e., serious leisure and devotee work).
A reasonably detailed history of the SLP up to approximately 2007 has been set out in Stebbins (2007/2015, Chap. 6). A sketchier version of its history up to 2014 is available on www.seriousleisure.net/history. The field has been advancing and appears destined to continue to advance along four lines: 1) empirically — new qualitative and quantitative studies of particular leisure activities; 2) theoretically — new concepts and reformulated versions of older ones; 3) methodologically — primarily new measures and scales; and 4) practically — extensions of the SLP into applied fields.
We are delighted to bring you a summary of an event which was made possible through the new LSA research development scheme that we announced this year as a new membership benefit. The first award holder is Annaleise Depper from University of Bath and she shares details of the event here:
This month our outgoing membership officer, Kat King shares her Leisure Studies journal favourites. As from March, Kat is stepping down from her role and I think it is timely that we hear her top picks as it gives me an opportunity to offer a huge thanks to Kat on behalf of the entire membership and committee for her work. Kat has reorganised the role and introduced new benefits for members, developed a new system for renewals and worked with our treasurer to ensure a smoother joining/renewal process. I will speak more about the transition to the new membership officer in the February newsletter so for now, here are her choices….
The next in our LSA 2018 conference keynote profiles! Register here for the conference.
Andrew Miles, University of Manchester, School of Social Sciences, United Kingdom
The next keynote profile for our 2018 conference. Register here.
Ben Carrington, School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, United States of America
Over the next few days I will post the profiles of the LSA 2018 conference keynote speakers. You can register for the conference here.
Diana Parry, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada