Students of leisure face many challenges. They range from devising positions and policies on deviant forms to determining the right balance between environmental protection, leisure and work activity. What criteria should we mobilize to determine our decisions? How can we choose between options? In this chapter we deal with the central problems facing Leisure Studies under two general headings: ‘Disciplinary questions’ and ‘Interpretive challenges’. The former have to do with the basic issue of how the discipline is organized, and deal specifically with the questions of fact/value distinctions, the problems of multi-paradigmatic complexity and the question of professional independence. The second set of issues relate more generally to problems of empowerment, distributive justice and social inclusion in leisure forms and practice.
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