Deviant Leisure

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Bedir, F. ., Önal, L. ., Turan, M. ., & Mizrak, O. . (2022). DEVIANT LEISURE: WHY LEISURE IS IMPORTANT FOR CRIMINOLOGY (CONCEPTUAL STATEMENT). Lex Humana (ISSN 2175-0947), 14(2), 427–436. Retrieved from


The aim of this study is to try to define the overlapping and non-overlapping relationships between the concepts of leisure and deviant leisure. Classification of deviant leisure time will inform individuals about what they should pay attention to in their leisure habits. The relations between apparently leisure and deviant leisure may differ from culture to culture or from individual to individual. Leisure behaviors that can be considered in the context of crime are seen as determinants in moral norms (tolerable and untolerable) in characterizing leisure time as normal or deviant. The descriptive case study model, one of the qualitative research methods, was used in the study. The case study reveals the limited situations in any field and presents systematic research in order to create the infrastructure that will enable their development. It seems that deviant leisure time is conceptualized as behaviors that violate criminal and non-criminal moral norms. In addition the sensitive point between leisure time and deviant leisure time is violations of moral norms and laws. Leisure activities, which are characterized by social well-being, have now begun to be associated with criminal behavior. The form of leisure activity that occurs with the violation of laws and moral norms is accepted as deviant leisure. It is important in order to create an ideal society determine to factors that affect the transition from leisure to deviant leisure time that leisure scientists, criminologists and social scientists.



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