Academic journal article Journal of Leisure Research

Edgar L. Jackson

Academic journal article Journal of Leisure Research

Edgar L. Jackson

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Ed Jackson is the leading figure in North America, and indeed the world, in promoting an understanding of constraints to recreation and leisure participation. Over the past 15 years, he has not only undertaken pioneering conceptualization and research in this area, but has also stimulated the research of others and helped set the agenda for future constraints research. No piece of research will be published any time soon that does not use Ed Jackson's work as the foundation for its contribution. This assertion could only be made about the contributions of a few people from our field, most of whom have already received this award.

Ed's work epitomizes the intent of the Roosevelt Award by combining quality basic and applied research with meaningful applications for both the research community and practitioners in the field. Besides setting the cornerstones for our understanding of constraints, Ed's work has been extremely practical in its impact. His efforts have helped focus the attention of practitioners and university faculty and students on the problems that people face in identifying, utilizing, and getting the most out of their recreation experiences. Constraints research has led us to think about the obstacles that people must negotiate in order to achieve participation and satisfaction in desired leisure involvements. The research effort has helped focus attention on the varying constraints faced by different segments of the population (women, the disabled, single parents, older adults, etc.), thus sharpening our ability to design and deliver quality services.

Ed Jackson's publications have appeared in every major leisure research journal and as chapters in a number of books. In 1991, Ed guest edited the fourth quarter issues of both the Journal of Leisure Research and Leisure Sciences, the only time the two journals have worked together in this manner. This land-mark effort squarely established that constraints research is one of the dominant themes in leisure studies over the last 15 years and is likely to be a significant topic for a number of years to come. The majority of Ed's 50 plus journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 30 papers at conferences have dealt with constraints issues, though he has also skillfully advanced research in several other areas as well. …

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