Structural Dynamics and Bounding Potential

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


This chapter describes a distinctive core in a large set of different activities, and this core defines the social form which the book terms specialized play. Its structural dynamics rests in three interacting elements. (1) Chance in opportunity—any search for a collectible or attack on a summit is seen as an action in Goffman’s (“Where the Action is.” In Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior. New York: Pantheon Books, 1967) sense. (2) Seriality in the ordering of outcomes—players angage in actions that are somehow related to each other: collectibles are often, though not always, objects that belong to a limited series, such as the works of a particular artist or the products from a certain company; backpackers end up ‘collecting’ countries; birdwatchers list their sightings. (3) Flair in ability—competent players believe they have an intuition about a risky move, which help them act under uncertainty.


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  • Lise Kjølsrød
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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