Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Journal of Leisure Research

Publication Date

January 2014

Volume

46

Issue

3

First Page

291

Last Page

312

Abstract

Latinos are the largest U.S. non-mainstreamed ethnic group, and social and environmental justice considerations dictate recreation professionals and researchers meet their recreation needs. This study reconceptualizes this diverse group’s recreation patterns, looking at where immigrant Latino individuals in Cache Valley, Utah do recreate rather than where they do not. Through qualitative interviews and interactive mapping, thirty participants discussed what recreation means to them and explained their recreation site choices. Findings suggest that recreation as an activity done outside the home, for fun with others, leads participants to seek spaces with certain characteristics. Reconceiving recreation more broadly and framing it from the perspective of participants’ choices can facilitate clearer understanding of differences and promote greater justice in resource provision and management.

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