Positive Sociology of Leisure

Contemporary Perspectives

  • Shintaro Kono
  • Anju Beniwal
  • Priyanka Baweja
  • Karl Spracklen

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

  8. Arts and Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Susan Ross, Yoshitaka Iwasaki, Joshua Bauer, Paul Heintzman
      Pages 297-314
    3. Vaishali Sharma
      Pages 315-332
    4. Priyanka Baweja
      Pages 333-349
    5. Shintaro Kono, Anju Beniwal, Priyanka Baweja, Karl Spracklen
      Pages 351-361
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 363-369

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

Bibliographic information

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  • 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)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-41811-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-41812-0
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