Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 483–499 | Cite as

A qualitative investigation of the intersection of leisure and identity among high school students: application of grounded theory

  • Mohammad Taghi Iman
  • Dariush Boostani


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine leisure as a context for identity formation among the high school students in Shiraz, Iran. Twenty male students (3rd grade of secondary school) from different high schools participated in this study. Data analysis using qualitative grounded theory methodology yielded eight categories and a core category. The categories led to the conclusion that post-traditional context and resource of leisure time culminated in reflexivity in the participants’ identity.


Leisure Identity Reflexivity Grounded theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentShiraz UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.Social Sciences DepartmentShahid Bahonar University of KermanKermanIran

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