Gordon J. Walker - Author
Gordon Walker is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.
He received his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research program integrated social, positive, and cross-cultural psychology and leisure theory. He was particularly interested in leisure behavior generally, and how it was similar and different across cultures specifically.
In 2009 he became a fellow in The Academy of Leisure Sciences; between 2016 and 2019 he was also a Distinguished University Professor at Wakayama University in Japan; in 2018 he was awarded the Leisure Scholar Award from the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies; and in 2019 he retired from the University of Alberta.
His leisure interests were and remain reading (histories and mysteries), adventure travel (he hopes to canoe/kayak every continent), and listening to music (blues, classical, and classic rock—especially “the Boss”).
"A Social Psychology of Leisure is written to serve as a textbook for undergraduate students taking a course in the psychological and social aspects of leisure and recreation. It also provides for students in graduate courses a comprehensive introduction that should be supplemented by books and journal articles focusing on specific topics. Finally, especially as it has incorporated reference to newer literature, this edition is intended to serve as a source-book for leisure researchers in providing context and even direction when conducting studies that employ a social psychological approach."
A Social Psychology of Leisure, 3rd ed.