This paper explores the process of social change and problems that arise in the study of such change in play, sport, and leisure domains. After outlining major theoretical perspectives utilized to describe and explain the nature of change in society, the paper describes several myths, including myths of trauma, unidirectionality, deviance, and semantic illusion (Lauer, 1973), which have inhibited the study of change. Drawing from examples in play, sport, and leisure domains, the author suggests ways in which the study of change can be better integrated into our research consciousness.
This paper was presented at the 1985 NASSS meetings in Boston.
Direct all correspondence to Maria T. Allison, Department of Leisure Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287.