A Critical Expansion of Theories on Race and Ethnicity in Leisure Studies

  • Rasul A. Mowatt


There has been a range of theories that leisure scholars have used or have drawn from in exploring and discussing leisure behavior. Each of those theories, as is the nature of the field of leisure studies, comes from another discipline or field. Despite a robust body of research and conceptual discussions on Race and Ethnicity, leisure has drawn very little, if at all, from actual noted theories regarding either social construct. The aim of this chapter is to present a body of theories, the history associated with them, the focus of each, and lastly, some ways that leisure scholars could consider utilizing them in future research or discussions. This chapter also seeks to invigorate the field of leisure studies with perspectives on Race and Ethnicity that have been birthed from social movements and informed by scholars with decades of analysis on the concepts and constructs of both social constructs.


Race Ethnicity Scientific racism Other Colonialism Intersectionality 


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  • Rasul A. Mowatt
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  1. 1.Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, School of Public HealthIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesBloomingtonUSA

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