Leisure’s Common Sense Images

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


Leisure is accurately (scientifically) seen in many parts of the world as being one activity or another that people like to do and do not have to do (i.e., un-coerced activity). Its image as residual fun activity is what one does when free of the negative obligations of work and non-work. By contrast, the residual image denotes an active approach to free time as in casual leisure and hedonic pleasure. This type rests on planning. Today, leisure is sometimes popularly seen as frivolous, as simply having fun in an activity defined by both the participant and the general public as having little value. Another negative image is leisure as a waste of time, where it is believed to lead to nothing substantial.


Leisure’s public image Hedonism Common sense Deviant leisure Leisure’s personal image Leisure’s professional image 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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