The Pragmatics of Leisure Revisited

Ross D. Neville, Ross Neville

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Henderson's notion of the pragmatics of leisure research is revisited in order to comment about the discipline's paradigmatic assumptions. First, the notion of an interpretive paradigm is called into question. I suggest that we should move away from talking about alternative ways of knowing to alternative ways describing phenomena under certain agreed upon standards. Then, I present a number of critical remarks on Henderson's reflection, argue for a more thoroughgoing pragmatism, as well as an orientation to leisure research that moves from traditional epistemological and ontological assumptions to cultural politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-404
Number of pages6
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • cultural politics
  • paradigms
  • pragmatism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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