Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction / Edition 3

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For twenty-five years, Studies in Outdoor Recreation has been a standard text in courses on parks and outdoor recreation and serves as an invaluable reference for park and recreation managers.

The first book to integrate the social science literature on outdoor recreation, it reviews studies from this broad, interdisciplinary field and synthesizes them into a body of knowledge, providing an historical perspective on outdoor recreation research and developing its practical management implications.

This third edition is completely revised to reflect current research and new concerns in the field. A new chapter examines the emerging issue of sense of place and its relationship to outdoor recreation. The book concludes with twenty principles to guide outdoor recreation management and research. An extensive bibliography and A Guide to the Social Science Literature in Outdoor Recreation lead readers to valuable primary source material.

An essential resource for students, scholars, and professionals, Studies in Outdoor Recreation explores the theoretical and methodological issues in outdoor recreation and describes the management implications of outdoor recreation research.

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Editorial Reviews

A standard text for students, scholars, and managers of parks and related outdoor recreation areas, covering the social science research on the characteristics, attitudes, and behavior of people who visit them. Manning (recreation management, U. of Vermont) has updated the nine chapters of his 1986 edition and added four new ones, particularly on issues of race and ethnicity and gender. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870715907
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 826,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Manning is Professor of Recreation Management in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He is also Director of the university's Park Studies Laboratory, which conducts a program of research on national parks, wilderness, and related areas.

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Table of Contents

1 Search for Satisfaction: An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation Research 1
2 Social Aspects of Outdoor Recreation: Use and Users 16
3 Descriptive Aspects of Outdoor Recreation: Attitudes, Preferences, and Perceptions 49
4 Carrying Capacity: An Organizational Framework 67
5 Crowding in Outdoor Recreation: Use Level, Perceived Crowding, and Satisfaction 80
6 Indicators and Standards of Quality: A Normative Approach 122
7 Motivations and Benefits in Recreation: A Behavioral Approach 156
8 The Recreation Opportunity Spectrum: Designs for Diversity 176
9 Recreation Conflict: Goal Interference 194
10 Substitutability: Alternative Recreation Opportunities 207
11 Specialization in Recreation: Experience and Related Concepts 222
12 Managing Outdoor Recreation: Alternative Management Practices 238
13 Principles and Practices of Outdoor Recreation: Knowledge into Action 278
Notes on Sources: A Guide to the Social Science Literature in Outdoor Recreation 298
Bibliography 306
Index 370
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