Gary Alan Fine is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Ethnography Workshop at Northwestern University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of some three dozen books, including Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Work; With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture; Gifted Tongues: High School Debate and Adolescent Culture; Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work; and Tiny Publics: A Theory of Group Culture and Action. He has contributed chapters to numerous other books, and his hundreds of articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural Sociology, The Sociological Quarterly, European Journal of Sociology, Social Psychology, and Society. He serves currently on the editorial boards of Social Psychology Quarterly, Irish Journal of Sociology, Memory Studies, Ethnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, and the Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society.
Terry Marks-Tarlow is a clinical and consulting psychologist and psychotherapist and a member of the teaching faculty at the Reiss Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles. She is the author of Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists; Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response; Creativity Inside Out: Learning through Multiple Intelligences; and Psyche’s Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals, and Complexity. She is also a research associate of the Institute of Fractal Research in Germany. Her areas of interest include the application of neurobiological and nonlinear science to psychotherapy, creative blocks, self-expression and deep transformation, and the clinical interface between yoga and psychotherapy. She has lectured extensively and contributed to numerous journals.
Rebecca J. Sargisson is Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her areas of research include behavioral psychology, animal psychology, and educational psychology. She is the coauthor of Detection of Landmines by Dogs: Environmental and Behavioral Determinants and Time and Motion Studies for Demining: Snapshots of Operations. Her research has appeared in Advances in Social Work Education, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, and Children, Youth, and Environments, among others. Tina M. Bourke is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waikato.
Sharon Xiangyou Shen is Owner and Principal Researcher at Inno-Solution Research in Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in health and human development, and her areas of research include leisure and health, psychology of leisure, adult play, and psychometrics. She has contributed articles to the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science. Garry Chick is Professor and Head of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and also Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. He is coeditor of The Many Faces of Play; Encyclopedia of Leisure and Recreation in America; and Explorations in the Fields of Play, volume one of the Play & Culture Studies series. He has authored or coauthored more than one hundred articles and book chapters on cultural anthropology and leisure sciences, and his work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Sport and Leisure, Journal of Leisure Research, and Leisure Sciences. Harry Zinn is Associate Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. His research on cross-cultural human values, attitudes, and behavior toward wildlife has appeared in the Journal of Park and Recreation Management, Journal of Leisure Research, and the International Journal of Wilderness, among others. Zinn is the recipient of more than twenty grants, and he has spoken on his work in China, Austria, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan. He serves currently as Associate Editor of Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal.