Serious Leisure and Recreation Specialization: An Uneasy Marriage Academic Article uri icon


  • A case is made to wed research on serious leisure and recreation specialization. Before such a marriage can occur, the strengths and differences of the two perspectives must be examined. In this article, four important contributions of the recreation specialization are put forward that will further our understanding of serious leisure and intense forms of leisure. These are (1) there is diversity among participants involved in the same leisure activity, (2) we can quantify recreation specialization and serious leisure, (3) there are gradations of seriousness and specialization, and (4) there are practical applications of understanding that participants vary along a specialization continuum. 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Leisure Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Scott, D.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Scott, David

publication date

  • July 2012