The Scientific Studies of Play and Leisure

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


The two fields — leisure studies and the study of play — would be, one might think, natural partners in the investigation of free-time activity. For example, both set themselves off from the domain of work, albeit this distinction in both disciplines has sometimes been crudely conceptualized (I return to this point later). Both have had to fight the headwinds of naïve lay public imagery, which sees them as dealing exclusively in the frivolous. Yet, through research, both have generated practical lessons with deep import.


Leisure Activity Core Activity Pretend Play Alpine Skiing Practical Lesson 
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© Robert Alan Stebbins 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Stebbins
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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