Pastimes, 6th ed.
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This new sixth edition of Pastimes reflects almost 40 years of scholarship as well as professional and personal practice in recreation, parks, and tourism.
The text has become one of the most widely adopted titles in university courses worldwide. In this new edition of the book, the phenomenon of leisure is presented through new research findings and contemporary societal dilemmas to suggest that leisure is one of the most interesting, relevant, and exciting subjects of study today.
Pastimes 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.
Indeed, 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, and good and bad.
As a learning tool, this sixth edition teaches more. It contains updated and new illustrations of concepts through field-based cases, biographical features, exploratory activities, and research studies.
In the first part, leisure is defined as a condition of humanity. Its meanings are traced through the humanities and history, as well as in today’s connotations. The benefits of leisure are presented, ranging from freedom to pleasure to risk to spirituality, and leisure’s benefit to healthful well-being is demonstrated. As well, part one of the text presents theories for explaining leisure behavior.
Part Two discusses leisure as a cultural mirror—its societal context. Chapters include leisure and anthropology, geography, technology, popular culture, and taboo recreation.
Finally, in Part Three, the functional side of leisure is explored in terms of its instrumental relationship to work, money, time, and equity. Leisure systems of public, private, and commercial sponsorship are described to confirm leisure’s utility.
Instructor resources will be available soon, and a website for student resources will be accessible December 2016
About the Author
Leisure as a Condition of Being Human: Personal Context
The Meanings of Leisure
Meanings in the Humanities
Meanings from Human History
What We Understand About Leisure’s Meaning
Why Leisure Is Vital
Solitude and Silence
What We Understand About Leisure’s Value
Explaining Leisure Behavior
Demographic Explanations of Leisure Behavior
Theories Explaining Leisure Behavior
What We Understand About Explaining Leisure Behavior
Leisure and Health
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 Health
Leisure as a Cultural Mirror: Societal Context
Leisure and Culture
Hunches About the Earliest Human Cultures
Cultural Development and Leisure
What We Understand about Leisure’s Cultural Meaning
Leisure as Space
Leisure as Place
What We Understand About Leisure’s Geographical Significance
Leisure and Technology
Definitions and History
Technology’s Pervasiveness in Our Lives
Leisure Applications of Technology
The Future of Leisure and Technology
What We Understand About Leisure and Technology
The Importance of Popular Culture
Characterizing Popular Culture
The Role of Entertainment
What We Understand About Popular Culture
Leisure and Deviance
Examples of Taboo Recreation
Explanations of Taboo Recreation
What We Understand About Taboo Recreation
Leisure as Instrument: Systems Context
For and Against Productivity
Balancing Leisure and Work
What We Understand About Leisure, Work, and Economics
The Freedom and Tyranny of Time
Types of Time
Are Time and Leisure Friends?
What We Understand About Leisure and Time
Is Leisure Fair?
Prohibitions and Permissions
What We Understand About Leisure Equity
Why Leisure Systems Are Important
Leisure Resource Types
Leisure Resource Sponsors
Careers in the Leisure System
What We Understand About Leisure Systems