The serious leisure perspective (SLP) is a way of looking at leisure activities and how people experience them. This website contains a page describing the basic concepts and propositions of the Perspective. It also contains a biographical page on Robert A. Stebbins, who coined the term "serious leisure" and pioneered, through exploratory research, this form of leisure as well as two other forms: casual and project-based leisure. The serious leisure perspective bridges and synthesizes these three. Other features of the website include:
■ Bibliography (list of publications bearing on the Perspective from 1976)
■ Biography of Robert A. Stebbins (originator of the serious leisure perspective)
■ Conferences (notices and programs of relevant conferences)
■ Contacts (how to reach the developers of this site)
■ Digital Library (collection of full-text publications)
■ History of the Perspective (a chronological sketch since 1973)
■ Illustrations of the Perspective (shows the perspective in action)
■ Leisure Education (bridging the gap between theory and research and leisure provision)
■ New Works (list of publications over past 2-3 years in the area)
■ Researchers (names, addresses, interests of people studying the Perspective)
Homo Otiosus (leisure man) is a fascinating creature and an increasingly important figure in our time. These pages - the serious leisure perspective - show why this is so.
This site, launched in April, 2006, was built by Robert A. Stebbins (University of Calgary) and Jenna Hartel (University of Toronto), and was significantly revised in October, 2011. In this regard, both of us welcome comments, suggested additions, and recommended changes to it. This invitation signals our intention to make this a community site for researchers, practitioners, and the interested lay public, a site where all who are interested in serious, casual, and project-based leisure can find stimulation in their approach to leisure.
Thanks for taking time to visit The Serious Leisure Perspective.
Multimedia Educational Resources
The following are two newly minted resources about the SLP designed for the classroom, conference podium, leisure/information workshop, and the like. You are free to use these resources, but please acknowledge their authors and academic locations.
Stebbins received the Leisure Studies Association Book Prize for 2022 for The Serious Leisure Perspective: A Synthesis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).
Shintaro Kono, University of Alberta, received the 2021 Emerging Scholar Award granted by the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies.
Robert A. Stebbins, FRSC was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Leisure Studies Association (UK) in October 2019.
Karl Spracklen FAcSS Professor of Music, Leisure and Culture at Leeds Beckett University, has been elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in the UK, November 2017.
Maddie Breeze is the joint winner of the 2016 Philips Abrams Prize given by the British Sociology Association. The prize honors her book Seriousness and women's roller derby: Gender, organization, and ambivalence. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
ANZALS 2013 "Best Publication Award for an Early Career Researcher" was given to Dr. Millicent Kennelly of Griffith University for “Constraint negotiation in serious leisure – A study of amateur triathletes.” Journal of Leisure Research, 45, 466-484 (2013) (with Moyle, B., & Lamont, M.). She received the award in December 2013 at the 11th biennial ANZALS conference.