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Positive Sociology of Leisure

Contemporary Perspectives

  • Shintaro Kono
  • Anju Beniwal
  • Priyanka Baweja
  • Karl Spracklen
  • Combines a strong focus on “positive” sociology of leisure, with critical leisure studies literature

  • Reflects the recent trend to integrate leisure studies and studies of well-being and positive psychology

  • Takes a global view of the topic, and contains research from five continents


Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Shintaro Kono, Anju Beniwal, Priyanka Baweja, Karl Spracklen
    Pages 1-11
  3. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 13-26
  4. Meanings of Leisure

  5. Ageing

  6. Sex, Sexuality, and Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Augustus W. Hallmon, Desirée Y. McMillion
      Pages 175-194
    3. Maki Hirayama
      Pages 195-211
  7. Community, Youth, and Education

About this book


This edited collection explores Positive Sociology of Leisure (PSL) as a subfield relating to leisure studies, sociology of leisure, and sociology of happiness.

Defined as an area of research that examines social aspects of leisure life with a focus on the optimal functioning of relationship, group, community, organization, and other social units, PSL differs from more critical forms of sociology in that its starting point is social positives.

The contributions draw on a range of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to consider various meanings of leisure across themes such as: ageing; sex, sexuality and family; community, youth, and education; and arts and creativity.

Positive Sociology of Leisure will be a key reference within the field of sociology of leisure, as well as an important introductory book for those interested in leisure studies.


the politics of leisure community development ageing studies cultural geographies leisure management critical leisure studies well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Shintaro Kono
    • 1
  • Anju Beniwal
    • 2
  • Priyanka Baweja
    • 3
  • Karl Spracklen
    • 4
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Government Meera Girls CollegeRajasthanIndia
  3. 3.Rajasthan UniversityJaipurIndia
  4. 4.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

About the editors

Shintaro Kono is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Anju Beniwal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Govt. Meera Girls College, Udaipur, India. 

Priyanka Baweja is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Rajasthan University, India. 

Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Positive Sociology of Leisure
  • Book Subtitle Contemporary Perspectives
  • Editors Shintaro Kono
    Anju Beniwal
    Priyanka Baweja
    Karl Spracklen
  • Series Title Leisure Studies in a Global Era
  • Series Abbreviated Title Leisure Studies in a Global Era
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-41811-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41814-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41812-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 369
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Positive Psychology
    Cultural Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Using the framework developed by Robert Stebbins, Positive Sociology complements Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology extremely well. Congratulations to the editors for the much-anticipated publication on affirmative issues in leisure. The aspects of social life with a focus on optimal functioning of relationship, group, community, organization, and other social units are an excellent beginning for the Positive Sociology of Leisure.” — Francis Lobo, Professor at Edith Cowan University, Australia


“This book is a very welcome addition to the sociology of leisure for highlighting the variety in how people in different countries use their leisure, and how leisure experiences enrich their lives.” — Ken Roberts, Professor at the University of Liverpool, UK