The one-way mirror of leisure research: A need for cross-national social scientific perspectives

Karin Valentine, Maria T. Allison, Ingrid Schneider

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Abstract

The modernization of the world economy and information systems leads, presumably, to globalization in all areas, including leisure research. To explore this idea, the level of cross-national research published in leading leisure-science journals, including the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and Leisure Studies was examined. F ollowing the dramatic shift toward globalization in the past 20 years, it was assumed leisure-science research would reflect an increase in cross-national research published. Using content analysis, 1352 published articles were reviewed and just 20 (1.5%) of these were cross-national. Reasons for this pattern are discussed, along with a call for scholars in the leisure sciences to shift toward a more international perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalLeisure Sciences
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999

Keywords

  • Comparative Leisure Research
  • Cross-national

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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