Leisure in the Community: Contributions

  • Robert A. Stebbins
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


The main goal of this chapter is to examine the range of contributions that all three forms of leisure make to community life, and to show how they relate to the common sense images. The first type of contribution is made by the leisure service organizations. Next comes community involvement, or the process by which volunteers, amateurs, and hobbyists contribute to collective life through serious leisure. Additionally, in leisure as in most other areas of life, many activities are structured, or organized, in small groups (including dyads and triads), social networks, and grassroots organizations as well as in larger complex organizations and still more broadly, in tribes, social worlds, and social movements. The concept of leisure interest volunteering (LIV) is also introduced.


Serious leisure Casual leisure Project-based leisure Leisure service organizations Community involvement Organizations Groups Social worlds Social networks Social movements 


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  • Robert A. Stebbins
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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