International and domestic university students’ leisure behaviour: a comparative analysis

Carr, Neil and Axelsen, Megan ORCID: (2011) International and domestic university students’ leisure behaviour: a comparative analysis. Annals of Leisure Research, 12 (1). pp. 47-64. ISSN 1174-5398


This paper assesses whether, in an age of social and cultural globalisation, place‐specific cultural differences continue to exist between domestic Australian and international Asian university students, resulting in divergent leisure patterns among these populations. The paper is based on a survey of the leisure behaviour of Australian, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, and Singaporean students enrolled at the University of Queensland, Australia. A total of 126 domestic students and 191 international students took part in the study.

Analysis of the data shows there are some significant differences and similarities in the leisure behaviour of the students from the seven nationalities selected. These results indicate the existence of place‐specific, nationally based cultures that influence leisure behaviour even when people are away from their home country. In addition, a student culture that cuts across national boundaries, creating behavioural similarities between different nationalities in the process, appears to exist.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 23:55
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 05:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: university students; globalisation; leisure behaviour
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440608 Recreation, leisure and tourism geography
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950103 Recreation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130603 Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise)
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