Bringing Identity Theory into Leisure

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Title: Bringing Identity Theory into Leisure
Author: Jun, Jinhee
Abstract: Despite a substantial volume of research on identity in the social and behavioral sciences , identity theory has existed on the margins of the leisure literature and contributed to the understanding of leisure behavior only in occasional illustrative references . The purpose of this dissertation was to incorporate identity theory in the understanding individuals ? leisure behavior within the context of recreational golf . Three independent studies were conducted to address different yet interconnected research topics . The first study identified conceptual links between identity theory and the concepts of enduring involvement , commitment , loyalty , specialization and serious leisure . Guided by identity theory , it was suggested that identity -confirmation is the underlying reason why individuals become involved in a leisure activity and develop a commitment and side bets . Further , this study proposed that self -verification processes underline why individuals value certain lines of action (i .e . , enduring involvement , commitment , and specialization ) and , in turn , become specialists , amateurs or loyal clients . The second study investigated the relationship between gender identity , leisure identity and leisure participation . Using data collected from recreational golfers , results showed that both leisure identity and masculine identity positively influenced respondents ? participation in recreational golf . Furthermore , the findings illustrated that masculine identity plays a formative role in the development of a leisure identity , which in turn is an antecedent of leisure behavior . The third study adopted the concept of identity conflict /facilitation to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the experience of constraints to leisure and constraint negotiation . Using data collected from recreational golfers , analyses provided evidence in support of the contention that identity conflict /facilitation is an antecedent of perceived constraints and negotiation efforts . The findings also illustrated that the ability to negotiate constraints depends on the compatibility between the leisure identity and the other identities an individual holds . Finally , a summary and synthesis of the findings and agenda for future research were discussed .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2008 -12 -145
Date: 2010-01-14


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