Leisure Research for Social Justice: A Response to Henderson

Diana C. Parry, Corey W. Johnson, William Stewart

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Leisure research based on critical theories is an effective path to social justice for groups and communities that are marginalized or oppressed by those in power. In response to Henderson (2011), who frames our work as postpositivist, we argue critical theories are a more appropriate research paradigm to reflect our philosophical positions. Our inquiry into leisure is informed by an emancipatory vision for social change that aims to enact social justice. In this response, we detail our rationale for embracing critical theories as an effective research-based approach to affect social justice. We conclude by suggesting that paradigm proliferation enables researchers to enhance social justice within their communities of concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • critical theories
  • postpositivist
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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