Rethinking the Psychology of Leisure: The Case of Family Leisure

By Keri Schwab and Daniel Dustin.

Published by Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies

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In this article we question a psychologized view of the individual as the appropriate unit of analysis in leisure studies. We then advocate for a social/relational view that sees the individual as both whole and part of something larger. Employing family leisure to make our case, we also show how a social/relational perspective rooted in General Systems Theory casts new light on motivation, freedom, and constraint in leisure contexts. We conclude by calling for new definitions of leisure and recreation based on humankind’s social embeddedness as well as new research propositions that better reflect a systems view of the world.

Keywords: Constraints, Family Leisure, Freedom, General Systems Theory, Motivation

Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies, Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.33-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 506.761KB)).

Dr. Keri Schwab

Assistant Professor, Recreation Parks Department and Tourism Administration Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Dr. Daniel Dustin

Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah, Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USA