Garry  Chick 

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Contact Information

812 Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Leisure and culture; Leisure, culture & health, The culture-behavior relationship, Play theory

Selected Publications

Li, C. L., Chick, G., Zinn, H. C., Absher, J. D., & Graefe, A. R. Ethnicity as a Variable in Leisure Research. Journal of Leisure Research (accepted for publication).

Chick, G. (2010). Play, Work and Learning. To appear in D. F. Lancy, J. Bock, & S. Gaskins, (Eds.), Anthropological Perspectives on Learning in Childhood. Rowan & Littlefield.

Li, C. L., Chick, G., Wu, H. C., and Yen, T. M. (2010). Examining the Dimensionality of Values for Culturally Diverse Customers in Parks and Recreation. World Leisure Journal, 52, 2.

Chick, G. & Dong, E. (2009). An Ethnographic Analyses of Leisure Constraints in Six Chinese Cities. The Journal of Zhejiang University (Humanities and Social Sciences), 39, 31-42. 

Yarnal, C., Kerstetter, D., Chick, G., & Hutchinson, S. (2009). The Red Hat Society: An Exploration of Play and Masking in Older Women’s Lives. Play and Culture Studies, 8, 144-165. 

Chick, G. (2009). Culture as a Variable in the Study of Leisure. Leisure Sciences, 31, 1-6.

Liu, H., Yeh, C. K., Chick, G., & Zinn, H. (2008). An Exploration of the Meanings of Leisure: A Chinese Perspective. Leisure Sciences, 30, 482-488. 

Yarnal, C., Chick, G., Kerstetter, D., Stafford, J., Yen, I. Y., Baker, B., & Hampton, R. (2008). “I did not have time to play growing up…so this is my play time. It’s the best thing I have ever done for myself”: A demonstration that older women play. Leisure Sciences, 30, 235-252.  

Ling, P., Chick, G., Godbey, G., & Dong, E. (2007). Leisure Lifestyles and Constraints in Urban China: A Six-City Comparative Study. In H. Donohoe & W. J. Li (Eds.). Leisure in Context: Implications for Human Development and Wellbeing. Hangzhou, PRC: Zhejiang University Press, pp. 109-117. 

Chick, G. (2006). Anthropology of Leisure. In S. Shaw & C. Rojek (Eds.), Handbook of Leisure. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, Pp. 41-54.

Courses Taught

RPTM 433W Program Evaluation & Research

RPTM 597C Leisure & Culture

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Contexts and Social Institutions