Flow Theory and Leisure

  • Samuel D. Elkington


Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory has done more than most to illuminate the study of the leisure experience, providing valuable insights into how the activities of everyday life come to be invested with meaning and experienced as enjoyable. A substantial bank of empirical evidence exists suggesting that flow is certainly something real for people in their leisure. This chapter seeks to draw to the fore the relevance and implications of recent theoretical extensions of flow theory in leisure and their capacity to reflect, and in some cases enrich, human experience in the context of peoples’ everyday lives.


Flow Leisure Theory Autotelic rationality Serious leisure 


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  • Samuel D. Elkington
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  1. 1.The Higher Education AcademyYork Science ParkHeslington, YorkUK

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