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 7 included publications by Justin Harmon :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Community, family and leisure immersion 2016 107 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 24 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...
Extended Leisure Experiences: A Sociological Conceptualization 2016 107 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 27 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 114 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...
Positive emotions and passionate leisure involvement 2015 70 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 106 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 ...