Leisure in the Community: Negative Effects

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


Certain kinds of leisure are unwelcome by certain segments of society or in certain parts of town. Do these negative effects of leisure have a place in the laity’s common sense images? To answer this question, this negative view of leisure is first considered within the larger frame of leisure as positive activity. Next, the negative effects of casual, serious, and project-based leisure are taken up. Meanwhile, some leisure is intolerably deviant, whereas other activities are new to society and are therefore in the course of being examined by the general public for their moral implications. Another quality that characterizes some leisure is its annoyingness. Selfishness would also seem to be imputed especially to those who perpetrate deviant and annoying leisure acts.


Leisure’s negatives images Serious leisure Casual leisure Project-based leisure Deviant leisure New leisure Annoying leisure Brutal leisure Selfishness 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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