Therapeutic Recreation and the Right to Leisure

Authors

  • Charles Sylvester

Keywords:

Ethics, Leisure, Philosophy, Rights, Professionalization

Abstract

All professions answer a calling to serve a legitimate social need. The field of therapeutic recreation has struggled to define and justify its purpose. The right to leisure has been suggested as an appropriate mission fortherapeutic recreation. The legitimacy ofleisure as a human right has been neglected, however, leaving the field on tenuous moral ground. This paper explores the right to leisure through a variety of documents and discourses. The relevance and several implications of the right to leisure for therapeutic recreation are raised, leading to a recommendation for reform.

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