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Serious Leisure: Past, Present, and Possibilities

  • Karen Gallant
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Abstract

This chapter describes the development, use, and potential of serious leisure—the concept developed by sociologist Bob Stebbins to describe the systematic pursuit of hobbyist, amateur, and volunteer activities characterised as unique in both the effort required and the benefits that follow. This chapter explores critiques of serious leisure, such as the lack of attention to its stratified nature and its focus on individual rather than community or collective outcomes. Further, the qualities and types of serious leisure are described as they are understood today, including the place of serious pursuits (serious leisure and devotee work) alongside casual and project-based leisure in what Stebbins refers to as the “serious leisure perspective”. Overall, this chapter both describes and critiques the evolution of serious leisure as a concept and a theory and explores its potential as a framework for studying and understanding leisure in the twenty-first century.

Keywords

Serious leisure Stebbins Amateurs Hobbyists Career volunteers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Gallant
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  1. 1.School of Health and Human PerformanceDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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