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Leisure Studies in a Global Era

Positive Sociology of Leisure

Contemporary Perspectives

Editors: Kono, S., Beniwal, A., Baweja, P., Spracklen, K. (Eds.)

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  • Combines a  strong focus on “positive” sociology of leisure, with  critical leisure studies literature
    Reflects the recent trend to integrate leisure studies and studies of well-being and positive psychology
    Takes a global view of the topic, and contains research from five continents

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This edited collection explores Positive Sociology of Leisure (PSL) as a subfield relating to leisure studies, sociology of leisure, and sociology of happiness.

Defined as an area of research that examines social aspects of leisure life with a focus on the optimal functioning of relationship, group, community, organization, and other social units, PSL differs from more critical forms of sociology in that its starting point is social positives.

The contributions draw on a range of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to consider various meanings of leisure across themes such as: ageing; sex, sexuality and family; community, youth, and education; and arts and creativity.

Positive Sociology of Leisure will be a key reference within the field of sociology of leisure, as well as an important introductory book for those interested in leisure studies.



About the authors

Shintaro Kono is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Anju Beniwal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Govt. Meera Girls College, Udaipur, India. 

Priyanka Baweja is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Rajasthan University, India. 

Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Beckett University, UK.


Reviews

“Using the framework developed by Robert Stebbins, Positive Sociology complements Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology extremely well. Congratulations to the editors for the much-anticipated publication on affirmative issues in leisure. The aspects of social life with a focus on optimal functioning of relationship, group, community, organization, and other social units are an excellent beginning for the Positive Sociology of Leisure.” — Francis Lobo, Professor at Edith Cowan University, Australia

 

“This book is a very welcome addition to the sociology of leisure for highlighting the variety in how people in different countries use their leisure, and how leisure experiences enrich their lives.” — Ken Roberts, Professor at the University of Liverpool, UK

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Introduction to Positive Sociology of Leisure

    Pages 1-11

    Kono, Shintaro (et al.)

  • Positive Sociology: An Overview

    Pages 13-26

    Stebbins, Robert A.

  • Happiness and Perseverance: The Interplay of Emotional Energies in Gray Dancing

    Pages 29-48

    Heikkinen, Satu (et al.)

  • “One Can Make a Swing with a Rope and a Piece of Wood”: The Positive Leisure Experience of Children Living in the Informal Settlements of Soacha, Colombia

    Pages 49-65

    Diaz-Hernandez, Andrea (et al.)

  • Anything Goes for Being Happy? A Qualitative Analysis of Discourses on Leisure in Finland

    Pages 67-86

    Heikkilä, Riie

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-41812-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-41811-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Positive Sociology of Leisure
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Perspectives
Editors
  • Shintaro Kono
  • Anju Beniwal
  • Priyanka Baweja
  • Karl Spracklen
Series Title
Leisure Studies in a Global Era
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41812-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41812-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41811-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 369
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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