Journal of Leisure Research

A journal presenting research in sports, recreation, and outdoor life for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, Summer

A Long Journey to Somewhere: JLR at 40
In 19691 was just finishing up my PhD at the University of Illinois. Publishing was on my mind as I needed to begin the march towards tenure. I had been working with Dr. Doyle Bishop on an article and he mentioned a new journal called the Journal of...
A Special Anniversary Issue: JLR Turns 40
At the JLR Associate Editor Board meeting in Baltimore last fall one of the current AEs suggested that we do a special issue in recognition of JLR's 40 years of history. We all thought it was a wonderful idea. We felt a special issue would give us...
Attitude Dimensions of Leisure: A Replication Study
Method Subjects The sample consisted of 335 adults working full-time, 198 males and 137 females, ranging in age from eighteen to sixty-eight, with a mean age of thirty-five. Thirty-six percent of the respondents were Jewish, 26 percent Catholic,...
Autonomous Spheres of Leisure Activity for the Industrial Executive and Blue Collarite
But since the spectators are of two kinds--the one free and educated, and the other a vulgar crowd composed of mechanics, laborers, and the like--there ought to be contests and exhibitions instituted for the relaxation of the second class ... Aristotle...
Early Life Experiences and Adult Sports Participation
Introduction A central endeavor of social research is the analysis of determinants of ant constraints on behavior patterns. One of the more salient features of social life about which much has been written, and little resolved, has been that of...
Founding of the Journal of Leisure Research
It's hard to believe that 40 years have passed since the founding of JLR. This short article's purpose is to share some of the "trials and tribulations" that were addressed to get the JLR approved and launched as a publication of the National Recreation...
One Measure for Defining a Leisure Activity
Introduction Although many authors have used several dimensions in their conceptualizations of leisure, they have characteristically refrained from a discussion of empirical measures for these dimensions. The four dimensions most frequently used--and...
Outdoor Recreation and Family Cohesiveness: A Research Approach
Outdoor recreation is perhaps unique among leisure activities in its dependence on public subsidy and public lands for its continued existence and growth. In our profit-oriented market economy, the existence of benefits of various kinds which cannot...
Situational Antecedents to Leisure Behavior
Over the years theorists have proposed a variety of explanations for leisure behavior patterns. Classical theories basically center around five main explanations: catharsis, compensation, surplus energy, relaxation and task generalization. Each of...
The Flagship Journal and Its Role in Advancing New Knowledge and the Field of Inquiry
Why do we need journals? What purpose do they serve? A standard answer to these questions is that journals provide reports of the latest research and in doing so become the main vehicles for advancing new knowledge in a given field. Another common...
The Social Circles of Leisure: Competing Explanations
After many centuries of speculation and nearly a decade of intensive research on leisure behavior [1] we may be at a point where we can question our received wisdom. Our speculation seems to have run at too grand a cultural level or too primary a biological...
The State of Leisure Research
As my term as editor comes to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect upon the state of leisure research, this journal and the problems and pressures peculiar to this area of investigation. I also would like to point out some of the conflicts among...
Turing Points in the Journal of Leisure Research-The First 20 Years
Depending on your point of view, I am a newcomer to the Journal of Leisure Research (JLR). My formal involvement with the JLR goes back to 1993 when I was asked to serve as an associate editor for the journal. The journal was already in its 25th year...
Values, Behavior, and Conflict in Modern Camping Culture
Introduction The meaning and organization of recreational activities are basic questions in the study of leisure. In recent years, attention has increasingly been focused on the meaning of camping as one form of outdoor recreation (Burch 1965, Moncrief...
Work and Leisure: A Simplified Paradigm
NO clear agreement about the meaning of the term leisure has emerged out of sociological study. The differentiation between work and leisure is basic to all definitions. Generally, work is understood to be remunerative, required by social norms, and...
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