Two Notable Research Gaps

Abstract: Two notable gaps in research are covered: philanthropic donating and caring-giving as guided by the serious leisure perspective. Both have been anchored theoretically within the perspective, but have so far failed to attract any empirical scrutiny. Philanthropic donating - it is considered a distinctive kind of volunteering - is evident across all six types of volunteering. Social caring is motivated, in substantial part, by compassion, or the sympathy generated by feeling another person’s suffering, which leads to an inclination to show mercy for or give aid to - care for - that person. Three caring roles are described in this chapter.

Keywords: caring; philanthropy; serious leisure perspective; volunteering

Stebbins, Robert A. Leisure and the Motive to Volunteer: Theories of Serious, Casual, and Project-Based Leisure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. doi: 10.1057/9781137585172.0008.

I have been pointing out gaps in the perspective’s approach to volunteering as we have gone along, with a few more to be noted in the Conclusions. Research on philanthropic donating and care-giving guided by the serious leisure perspective (SLP) is also extremely rare, two untoward gaps to be sure. Still, both have been anchored theoretically within the SLP.

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