Justin Harmon

  • Assistant Professor
  • Community and Therapeutic Recreation, UNCG

Justin Harmon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation. Harmon has worked extensively in the parks, forestry and recreation fields, and has a diverse background in practice that includes land and wildlife management, environmental and primary education, event planning, and community relations and outreach. He has explored community as an area of research in numerous regions and contexts, as well as through numerous theoretical lenses and epistemologies. His primary research lines focus on health and aging broadly, and specifically in regards to the use of leisure for coping and identity maintenance for people with serious and terminal diseases, and the use of music for affecting quality of life and life course development. His research can be found in the journals Annals of Leisure Research, Leisure/Loisir, World Leisure Journal and Leisure Sciences to name a few. When not in the classroom he can be found in the backyard or forest with his dog, at a concert, or in the yoga studio. A really good day sees the intersection of all of those!

There are 13 included publications by Justin Harmon :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Building a life note-by-note: music and the life course 2018 29 Music is an omnipresent component of many people's lives. On an individual level it is used to set moods, mark milestones, and connect to one's personal history. At a collective level music marks the concerns of cultural heritage, national holidays a...
Celebrate the Trail to Recovery: Power of the positive post-diagnosis of cancer 2018 42 This paper explored how those in treatment for cancer, or in remission from it, benefitted from participation in a weekly hiking program. Fredrickson’s (2001) broaden-and-build concept was used to structure and demonstrate the ability of participants...
Community, family and leisure immersion 2016 309 This study explores the ambiguous term ‘community’ and how close groups of people come to form one. By extracting two core elements, often attributed to designations of community, mutual affection and shared appreciation, this study elucidates how fa...
Couples and shared leisure experiences 2016 206 This paper explored how romantic couples’ involvement in a music scene affected both individual and mutual enjoyment during participation which stimulated the desire for future shared leisure experiences. As all aspects of involvement were seen as la...
The extended leisure experiences of music scene participation 2017 45 Scott and Harmon coined the term extended leisure experiences (ELEs) to describe ‘activities that participants engage in following a primary leisure activity’. In this study, we set out to elucidate the ELE of fan participation in the music scene of ...
Extended Leisure Experiences: A Sociological Conceptualization 2016 292 Our interest in this research reflection is to introduce what we call extended leisure experiences—activities that leisure participants engage in following the completion of a primary leisure activity. Our approach is largely descriptive and explorat...
Extending the leisure substitutability concept 2016 190 Leisure commitment has been studied for several decades now, but few attempts have been made to look at how leisurists benefit from participation in one activity when it comes to selecting another, but related, activity. The concept of leisure substi...
Growing in place: the interplay of urban agriculture and place sentiment 2014 248 In this investigation, we drew from social constructivist understandings of place to explore both the meanings participants of an urban garden project in Austin, Texas, ascribed to place and the sentiment they attached to those meanings. Specifically...
Leisure participation, substance abuse disorders, and recovery 2017 132 The purpose of this paper was to explore the lived experiences of people with substance abuse disorders over the course of their lengthy participation in a music scene. When the use of drugs and alcohol either begins or is enabled in a leisure contex...
The Long Strange Trip Continues: Aging Deadheads 2014 87 The community surrounding the Grateful Dead, a San Francisco-based psychedelic rock band that had played together for thirty years when its lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died in 1995, still persists. For many Deadheads, as these fans are called, member...
Positive emotions and passionate leisure involvement 2015 335 Music is commonly linked to moments of remembrance, joy, celebration and bonding. This paper explores how middle-aged participants in a music scene use the various aspects of their involvement to create and store positive emotions cultivated through ...
Spirituality, Fan Culture, and the Music of Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons 2016 483 This article presents findings from a qualitative study with passionate fans of the rock and roll band, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons. The study looked at how fan involvement in the music scene enhanced quality of life through the ability to access ...
The temporal phases of leisure experience: Expectation, experience and reflection of leisure participation 2017 178 While there have been studies whereby the methodology relied on evaluations of pre-, during, and postparticipation experiences, it is far more common that research on leisure does not consider the temporal phases of a leisure experience. Further, man...