Leisure Research to Enhance Social Justice

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Several streams of leisure research are directed at furthering an agenda for social justice. These lines of inquiry are motivated by the need to end various kinds of oppression related to one's gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, ability, and socio-economic status. Rather than social justice, this special issue is focused on research frameworks that further social justice. Three inter-related research criteria are applied: (1) identification of a value orientation and vision for social justice, (2) development of a social or cultural framework to enhance social justice, and (3) connection to social and political action to move communities in the direction of a more socially just set of relations. These three research criteria are applied to three approaches to research: descriptive, explanatory, and transformative. The purpose of this special issue is to build capacity of leisure research to enhance social justice. © 2014

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-339
Number of pages15
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • empowerment
  • epistemology
  • paradigm
  • philosophy of social sciences
  • research activism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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