The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory

  • Karl Spracklen
  • Brett Lashua
  • Erin Sharpe
  • Spencer Swain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Karl Spracklen, Brett Lashua, Erin Sharpe, Spencer Swain
    Pages 1-11
  3. Traditional Theories of Leisure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-17
    2. Kristin Walseth, Mahfoud Amara
      Pages 19-34
    3. Christianne Luce Gomes
      Pages 71-85
    4. Sarah Moser, Esther Clinton, Jeremy Wallach
      Pages 107-125
    5. Phil Borell, Hamuera Kahi
      Pages 127-141
    6. Minoru Matsunami
      Pages 169-186
    7. Steven Simpson, Samuel Cocks
      Pages 187-201
  4. Rational Theories of Leisure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-227
    2. Thanassis Samaras
      Pages 229-247
    3. Wallace McNeish, Steve Olivier
      Pages 289-307
    4. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 309-323
    5. Robert Snape
      Pages 325-338
    6. Mary C. Breunig
      Pages 355-370
    7. Stratos Georgoulas
      Pages 371-384
    8. Pauwke Berkers, Koen van Eijck
      Pages 401-416
    9. Samuel D. Elkington
      Pages 417-436
  5. Structural Theories of Leisure

  6. Post-structural Theories of Leisure

About this book


This is the first handbook devoted entirely to leisure theory, charting the history and philosophy of leisure, theories in religion and culture, and rational theories of leisure in the Western philosophical tradition, as well as  a range of socio-cultural theories from thinkers such as Adorno, Bauman, Weber and Marx. Drawing on contributions from experts in leisure studies from around the world, the four sections cover: traditional theories of leisure; rational theories of leisure; structural theories of leisure; and post-structural theories of leisure.

The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory is essential reading for students and scholars working in leisure studies, social theory as well as those working on the problem of leisure in the wider humanities and social sciences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Karl Spracklen
    • 1
  • Brett Lashua
    • 2
  • Erin Sharpe
    • 3
  • Spencer Swain
    • 4
  1. 1.Carnegie FacultyLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Carnegie FacultyLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesBrock UniversitySt. Catharines, ONCanada
  4. 4.Health and Life SciencesYork St John’s UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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