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    Author(s): Paul H. Gobster
    Date: 2007
    Source: Journal of Leisure Research. 39(3): 546-553.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Li, Chick, Zinn, Absher, and Graefe present a provocative argument questioning the usefulness of ethnicity as a construct in leisure research. I think the paper makes some important points that should be added to the ongoing discussion about research on leisure and ethnicity. Yet I also found much to disagree with in the paper, and I suspect others who have done work in the field will as well. I particularly question the researchers' main measure of cultural values as appropriate to understanding racial and ethnic variations in outdoor leisure patterns and preferences, as well as the conclusions they draw from their findings. In this commentary I outline what I see as the strengths and weaknesses of their paper, and suggest some directions for future research on leisure and ethnicity.

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    Gobster, Paul H. 2007. Comment on "Ethnicity as a variable in leisure research" by Li et al. Journal of Leisure Research. 39(3): 546-553.

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