Pastimes, 5th ed.

The Context of Contemporary Leisure
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ISBN/ISSN:978-1-57167-712-9
Copyright:2013
Edition:5th
Pages:290
Dimensions:7 x 10
Format:Paperback
Supplements:Yes
Author(s): Ruth V. Russell
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Instructor's resources were updated in Summer 2014.

Originally published in 1996, Pastimes introduced an exciting new text that explored leisure and recreation philosophy and science, the various subfields, and the leisure services industry. The purpose of this fifth edition of Pastimes is to extend the discussion about leisure in society to new concepts supported by new research findings and commentary. Throughout, the author has pursued the most interesting, relevant, exciting, and contemporary information possible.

First, as an introduction to the phenomenon of leisure, the book must be current. Momentous changes, actual and alleged, have always been the root of leisure expressions and experiences. To match, Pastimes again reflects a wide range of material from the disciplines of leisure studies, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, geography, the humanities, and media and cultural studies.

Second, as a learning tool, this fifth edition teaches more. It contains new illustrations of concepts through field-based cases, biographical features, exploratory activities, and research studies. While the basic organization remains similar, in addition to new material, some former concepts have been relocated. For example, the topic of history and its meanings for leisure is now combined into one chapter. Also, the discussion of work is now combined with that about economics in the same chapter.
Also, theories explaining leisure behavior are now organized according to their home discipline. A chapter on well-being and leisure is a new feature, and because of the amazing speed of change, the chapter on leisure and technology has been completely rewritten. The chapter on time has also been expanded. Finally, the last chapter on leisure systems has a new section on professional preparation.

But, more than a textbook, Pastimes is very much a point of view. Leisure is presented as a human phenomenon that is individual and collective, vital and frivolous, historical and contemporary, factual and subjective, good and bad.

Author Note: 

So many of you have been teaching with this text for many years, and have developed excellent classroom activities, homework assignments, power points, and other teaching and learning tools to accompany the text. If you would like to share them with other instructors, you are invited to send your ideas to me (russellr@indiana.edu), and I will include them in subsequent editions of this teaching manual – giving you, your students, your course, and/or your university citation credit.

Table of Contents: 

Part One: Leisure as a Condition of Humanity: Personal Context

Chapter 1 The Meanings of Leisure

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     Key Terms
     Meanings in the Humanities
          Literature
          Art
          Music
     Meanings from History
          Ancient Greece: The Leisure Ideal
          Ancient Rome: Spectacle
          Early Polynesians: The First Tourists?
          Muhammad’s Early Empire: Relaxation
          Medieval Europe: The Work Ethic
          The Renaissance: Humanism
          Colonial America: Purposeful Pastimes
          The Industrial Revolution: Leisure as Problem Solver
     Today’s Connotations
          Leisure as Free Time
          Leisure as Recreational Activity
          Leisure as Special Spirit
     What We Understand About Leisure’s Meanings
     References

Chapter 2 The Value of Having Fun

     Preview Key Terms Freedom
     Intrinsic Meaning Happiness Pleasure
     Play
     Humor
     Relaxation
     Solitude and Silence
     Ritual
     Commitment
     Risk
     Spirituality
     What We Understand About the Value of Leisure
     References

Chapter 3 Explaining Leisure Behavior

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     Key Terms
     Demographic Explanations of Leisure Behavior
     Theories Explaining Leisure Behavior
           From Psychology
           From Sociology
           From Anthropology
     What We Understand About Explaining Leisure Behavior
     References

Chapter 4 Leisure and Well-Being

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     Key Terms
     Building Blocks of Well-Being
     Leisure and Physical Well-Being
     Leisure and Social Well-Being
     Leisure and Intellectual Well-Being
     Leisure and Emotional Well-Being
     What We Understand About Leisure and Well-Being
     References

Part Two: Leisure as Cultural Mirror: Societal Context

Chapter 5 Leisure’s Anthropology

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     Key Terms
     Leisure and Culture
          Characteristics of Culture
          Cultural Change
     Hunches About the Earliest Human Cultures
     Cultural Development and Leisure
          Cultural Vitality
          Modernity
     What We Understand About Leisure and Well-Being
     References

Chapter 6 Leisure’s Geography

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     Key Terms
     Leisure as Space
          Crowding
          Distance
     Leisure as Place
          Place Identity
          Place Dependence
     Environmental Impact
     What We Understand About Leisure’s Geographical Significance
     References

Chapter 7 Leisure and Technology

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     Key Terms
     Leisure and Technology Linkages
          Scientific and Military Technologies Have Become Popular Leisure
          Technology Developed Specifically for Leisure Has Increased
          Technology Expands Leisure
          Identities Can Be Created Through Leisure Technology
     The Issue of Goodness
     What We Understand About Leisure and Technology
     References

Chapter 8 Popular Culture

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     Key Terms
     The Importance of Popular Culture
     Characterizing Popular Culture
     Examples
     The Role of Entertainment
     What We Understand About Popular Culture
     References

Chapter 9 Taboo Recreation

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     Key Terms
     Leisure and Deviance
     Examples of Taboo Recreation
          Vandalism
          Gambling
          Risky Health Behaviors
          Violence in Sport
     Explanations of Taboo Recreation
     What We Understand About Taboo Recreation
     References

Part Three: Leisure as Instrument: Systems Context

Chapter 10 For and Against Productivity

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     Key Terms
     Balancing Leisure and Work
          Why Work?
          Work for Leisure or Leisure for Work?
     Economic Consequences
          Leisure as Economic Development
          Does Leisure Drive Capitalism?
          Economic Benefits of Leisure
          Economic Harm from Leisure
     What We Understand about Leisure, Work and Economics
     References

Chapter 11 The Freedom and Tyranny of Time

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     Key Terms
     Types of Time
           The Clock
           The Calendar
     A Complex Relationship
     Time Tyrannies
           Micro-Boredom
           Time Urgency
           Multi-tasking
           Vacation Aversion
     What We Understand about Leisure and Time
     References

Chapter 12 Is Leisure Fair?

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     Key Terms
     Prohibitions and Permissions
     Examples
          Women
          Persons with Disabilities
          Gays and Lesbians
          Racial and Ethnic Minorities
     What We Understand about Leisure and Equity
     References

Chapter 13 Leisure Systems

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     Key Terms
     Using Leisure
     Why Leisure Systems are Necessary
     Leisure Resource Types
          Tourism
          Cultural Arts
          Sports
          Outdoor Recreation
     Leisure Resource Sponsors
          Public
          Private
          Commercial
     Professional Preparation for Working in Leisure Systems
     What We Understand about Leisure Systems
     References

 

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About the Author(s)

Ruth V. Russell

Dr. Ruth V. Russell is professor emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University. She is a former trustee of the National Recreation and Park Association and has served as president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators. Professional experience includes the San Diego Recreation and Parks Department, San Diego – Imperial Counties Girl Scout Council, and Chateau La Jolla Retirement Center. Dr. Russell has authored numerous textbooks (and a cookbook), published research in refereed journals, and lectured internationally. Presently her pursuits include RVing, walking, competing in pickleball, and culinary projects.