Call for Papers, Special Issue 20 years of Family Leisure Research Revisited: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead

posted 12 Apr 2015, 11:03 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 12 Apr 2015, 11:04 ]

We are pleased to share with you the latest call for papers for the Journal of Leisure Research. This special issue re-examines Family Leisure Research. Please note the deadline to submit is October 15, 2015 with an anticipated publication date of early 2017. You may view the full details of this Call provided inline below or attached as a pdf flyer. 

 Call for Papers, Special Issue

20 years of Family Leisure Research Revisited:

Progress Made and Challenges Ahead


Deadline: October 15, 2015


Guest Editors:

Dawn Trussell, PhD

Ruth Jeanes, PhD

Elizabeth Such, PhD


In the mid 1990s, a special issue of the Journal of Leisure Research significantly influenced family leisure scholarship through the turn of the century. Since then, the field has developed considerably and a number of thematic elements have played a major role in constraining, enriching, mediating, and altering everyday family interactions and family practices. These elements include: globalization, economic instability, neo-liberal government paradigms, a culture of consumerism, technological advancements, shifting demographics, and changing parenting ideologies.


As Freysinger (1997) pointed out, “how we think about and what we know about leisure and families” is historically situated in select cultural contexts and “our definitions or conceptualizations of family and leisure are constantly being reconstructed” (p. 3). Definitions and models of family leisure provide shared understanding and communication. Shifting conceptualizations of family units and their leisure involvement invite possibilities for innovative, conceptual frameworks and new research relationships related to one of the most basic structures of social organization, the family unit.


We invite papers for a special issue of the Journal of Leisure Research to examine progress made and challenges ahead in research on leisure and families – 20 years re-visited. Contributions may include critical reviews, conceptual discussions focused on theoretical developments and/or alternate theorizations of family leisure. Among other areas, empirical papers relating to the following are welcome:


  1. Leisure and parenting; leisure and families of older adults
  2. Social policies and family leisure
  3. Inequalities and family leisure; intersectionality and family leisure
  4. Leisure and diverse family structures; multigenerational families; extended families
  5. Performativity and family leisure
  6. Children’s and young people’s perspectives/understandings of family leisure
  7. Methodological and ethical issues in leisure and family research


Interested authors should direct questions to any one of the Guest Co-editors.


Submitted manuscripts will undergo the normal review process and should adhere to the “Instructors for Authors” as outlined by Journal of Leisure Research. Please indicate in your submission letter your intention to submit to this special issue. http://js.sagamorepub.com/index.php/jlr/about/submissions#authorGuidelines


Dawn Trussell, PhD

Brock University




Ruth Jeanes, PhD

Monash University




Elizabeth Such, PhD

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom



Deadline for submission: October 15, 2015

Anticipated publication date: Early 2017


Freysinger, V. J. (1997). Special issue introduction. Redefining family, redefining leisure: Progress made and challenges ahead in research on leisure and families. Journal of Leisure Research, 29 (1), 1-4.