The Nature of Leisure

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


Leisure is conceptualized as one of three domains, the other two being work and non-work obligation. Leisure within its domain can also be seen as a social institution composed of and centrally organized around a great range of roles and activities. It is a relative stable set of abstract relationships, patterns of behavior, roles, norms, and values that emerge within a certain sphere of collective living. Furthermore, leisure is pursued at the micro- meso- and macro-contextual levels. Within each level leisure is defined as un-coerced, contextually framed activity, pursued in free time and in certain kinds of work, which people want to do and, using their abilities and resources, actually enact in either a satisfying or a fulfilling way (sometimes both).


Leisure Work Non-work obligation General activity Core activity Fulfillment Role Social institution Agreeable obligation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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