Introduction to the Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory

  • Karl Spracklen
  • Brett Lashua
  • Erin Sharpe
  • Spencer Swain


In this introduction to the Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory, the editors make the case for the book’s structure and format, and its focus on leisure theory. They discuss the history and development of leisure studies, and its relationship to sociology, cultural studies and other related disciplines and subject fields.


Structural Theory Traditional Theory Active Recreation Epistemological Framework Leisure Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Spracklen
    • 1
  • Brett Lashua
    • 1
  • Erin Sharpe
    • 2
  • Spencer Swain
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Carnegie FacultyLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada
  3. 3.York St John’s UniversityYorkUK

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