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Recreation Specialization: Re-conceptualization from a Social Worlds Perspective

Recreation Specialization: Re-conceptualization from a Social Worlds Perspective This paper initiated development of a theory of recreation specialization from a social worlds perspective and provided empirical testing for some of the stated propositions. Recreation specialization was re-conceptualized as 1) a process by which recreation social worlds and subworlds segment and intersect into new recreation subworlds and 2) the subsequent ordered arrangement of these subworlds and their members along a continuum. At one end of the continuum is the least specialized subworld and its members and at the other end is the most specialized subworld and its members. A series of eight propositions which linked specialization with elements of social worlds and the previous work of Bryan (1977) were stated. Empirical hypothesis tests regarding group differences in resource dependency, level of mediated interaction and importance attached to activity-specific and non activity-specific elements of the recreation experience provided strong support for three of the propositions of the conceptual framework. Although initial efforts at theory development were supported, much conceptual and empirical work remains. This paper provides a starting point for a focused line of recreation specialization research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Leisure Research Taylor & Francis

Recreation Specialization: Re-conceptualization from a Social Worlds Perspective

Recreation Specialization: Re-conceptualization from a Social Worlds Perspective

Journal of Leisure Research , Volume 24 (1): 19 – Jan 1, 1992

Abstract

This paper initiated development of a theory of recreation specialization from a social worlds perspective and provided empirical testing for some of the stated propositions. Recreation specialization was re-conceptualized as 1) a process by which recreation social worlds and subworlds segment and intersect into new recreation subworlds and 2) the subsequent ordered arrangement of these subworlds and their members along a continuum. At one end of the continuum is the least specialized subworld and its members and at the other end is the most specialized subworld and its members. A series of eight propositions which linked specialization with elements of social worlds and the previous work of Bryan (1977) were stated. Empirical hypothesis tests regarding group differences in resource dependency, level of mediated interaction and importance attached to activity-specific and non activity-specific elements of the recreation experience provided strong support for three of the propositions of the conceptual framework. Although initial efforts at theory development were supported, much conceptual and empirical work remains. This paper provides a starting point for a focused line of recreation specialization research.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 1992 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
2159-6417
eISSN
0022-2216
DOI
10.1080/00222216.1992.11969870
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Abstract

This paper initiated development of a theory of recreation specialization from a social worlds perspective and provided empirical testing for some of the stated propositions. Recreation specialization was re-conceptualized as 1) a process by which recreation social worlds and subworlds segment and intersect into new recreation subworlds and 2) the subsequent ordered arrangement of these subworlds and their members along a continuum. At one end of the continuum is the least specialized subworld and its members and at the other end is the most specialized subworld and its members. A series of eight propositions which linked specialization with elements of social worlds and the previous work of Bryan (1977) were stated. Empirical hypothesis tests regarding group differences in resource dependency, level of mediated interaction and importance attached to activity-specific and non activity-specific elements of the recreation experience provided strong support for three of the propositions of the conceptual framework. Although initial efforts at theory development were supported, much conceptual and empirical work remains. This paper provides a starting point for a focused line of recreation specialization research.

Journal

Journal of Leisure ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1992

Keywords: Recreation specialization; specialization; social worlds; subworlds; segmentation

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