Document Type

Conference Paper


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Social sciences

Publication Details

Paper presented at the Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference 2009 "Leisure Experiences: Participating, Planning Providing", July 7 2009, Canterbury Christ Church University.


Despite the fact that the experiential perspective has had a profound impact on the way we view leisure behaviour, experiential matters have been renounced for being overtly subjective. As a corollary, experiential matters have been castigated for their inability to offer concrete criteria for leisure policy and the provisions of services. This paper argues that this dismissal of experiential matters is based on an overinflated dichotomy – the fact/value dichotomy – and that, by valorising objectivist approaches to managing leisure resources, experiential matters have become nothing more than a policy-making faux pas. The paper argues that while experiential matters bring many challenges with respect to policy-making and the provision of leisure services, this type of experiential oversight is on of convenience rather than necessity.