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Social Groups and the Meanings of Outdoor Recreation Activities

Social Groups and the Meanings of Outdoor Recreation Activities Individuals studying leisure behavior have focused attention on the social group as a potentially important determinant of outdoor recreation activity. Presently, however, little is known about how social groups influence leisure behavior. The focus of this study is on the different meanings within an activity and the social group as the source of those different meanings. The hypothesis that different social groups engaging in the same activity would assign different meanings to that activity was tested. Results indicated that different social groups do attribute different meanings to the same activity. The extent of these differences, however, appears to vary by type of activity. The importance of these findings is discussed in light of existing “social group” research as well as the value of this information in understanding group interaction and user conflicts from a management perspective. Suggestions are made for future research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Leisure Research Taylor & Francis

Social Groups and the Meanings of Outdoor Recreation Activities

Social Groups and the Meanings of Outdoor Recreation Activities

Journal of Leisure Research , Volume 13 (3): 13 – Jul 1, 1981

Abstract

Individuals studying leisure behavior have focused attention on the social group as a potentially important determinant of outdoor recreation activity. Presently, however, little is known about how social groups influence leisure behavior. The focus of this study is on the different meanings within an activity and the social group as the source of those different meanings. The hypothesis that different social groups engaging in the same activity would assign different meanings to that activity was tested. Results indicated that different social groups do attribute different meanings to the same activity. The extent of these differences, however, appears to vary by type of activity. The importance of these findings is discussed in light of existing “social group” research as well as the value of this information in understanding group interaction and user conflicts from a management perspective. Suggestions are made for future research.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 1981 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
2159-6417
eISSN
0022-2216
DOI
10.1080/00222216.1981.11969488
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Abstract

Individuals studying leisure behavior have focused attention on the social group as a potentially important determinant of outdoor recreation activity. Presently, however, little is known about how social groups influence leisure behavior. The focus of this study is on the different meanings within an activity and the social group as the source of those different meanings. The hypothesis that different social groups engaging in the same activity would assign different meanings to that activity was tested. Results indicated that different social groups do attribute different meanings to the same activity. The extent of these differences, however, appears to vary by type of activity. The importance of these findings is discussed in light of existing “social group” research as well as the value of this information in understanding group interaction and user conflicts from a management perspective. Suggestions are made for future research.

Journal

Journal of Leisure ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 1981

Keywords: Social groups; recreation activity meanings

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