Fred Coalter (1999) makes a useful distinction between Leisure Studies, which is the tradition of investigating leisure that has emerged from the UK, and Leisure Sciences, which is the corresponding US tradition. Leisure Studies is not ruled by a scientific paradigm but rather makes a virtue of a multi-paradigmatic approach to investigation. Data are not treated as unqualified, but as social in origin. This translates into a stronger interest in how power influences leisure participation and experience. The external conduct of individuals in free time is treated not simply as a matter of personal choice but also as the manifestation of how they are positioned in relation to class, gender, race, religion and status. ...
What is Wrong with Leisure Studies?
What is wrong with leisure studies?