Modern Complexity: Types of Leisure

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


Leisure seen through the lens of common sense largely overlooks the latter’s complexity. Nevertheless, when conducted along the lines of its three main forms, namely, serious, casual, and project-based activities, the scientific study of leisure attests this complexity and its distinctiveness in modern life. Because a good part of the imagery of common sense leisure springs from a simplified view of what is available as free-time activity, this chapter presents the basic typology of the serious leisure perspective (SLP). It is capable of demonstrating the actual complexity of this domain of human life, as well as being our guiding framework for studying the common sense image mentioned in the Introduction. Discussion opens with casual leisure, which according to the SLP, is the soil in which the common sense images sprouted.


Common sense Serious leisure Casual leisure Project-based leisure Serious leisure perspective Amateurism Hobbyism Volunteering 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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