Leisure Reflections No. 47: The Serious Leisure Perspective: Past, Present, and Future

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.

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“Your Space, Your Say” Exhibition: A summary of our first LSA research development award

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:

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LSA EXEC ‘top picks’ from Leisure Studies: Kat King

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….


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What coffee production in Vietnam and football in the hyperdigitised age have in common

Stefan Lawrence

by Stefan Lawrence

Over the last few decades, Vietnam has transformed itself into a world coffee producing power at an alarming rate. Selling relatively low-grade coffee to the rest of the world, coffee production and exportation is worth millions to the Vietnamese economy. Vietnam, historically at least, was not renowned for its coffee though. In fact, it was only introduced by coffee drinking French colonialists in the late 1800s. Hundreds of years later however, in 1986, owing largely to a failed agricultural policy dating back to the end of the Vietnam war, the country’s government laid a new policy that encouraged a shift away from general agricultural activity in the central highland region to coffee cultivation and production.

Anticipating the money that could be made, millions of Vietnamese relocated to the region. The fertile plains of the highlands were ideal for growing coffee and coffee production quickly established itself as…

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