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Leisure's Legacy: Challenging The Common Sense View Of Free Time
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|July 28, 2017

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Between Work and Leisure: The Common Ground of Two Separate Worlds

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Occupational devotion, as defined by Robert A. Stebbins, is a strong and positive attachment to a form of self-enhancing work, where the sense of achievement is high and the core activity, or set of tasks, is endowed with such intense appeal that the line between…
The Interrelationship Of Leisure And Play: Play As Leisure, Leisure As Play

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"In the scientific studies of play and leisure there has been an unfortunate tendency for the enthusiasts of one to ignore the contributions made by their colleagues in the other. This book shows what the two fields have been missing because of this isolation.…
The Serious Leisure Perspective: An Introduction
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|July 14, 2014

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The "Serious Leisure Perspective" (SLP) is a theoretical framework that can help us understand the complexities of modern leisure as both an activity and an experience. Bringing together the study of serious leisure, casual leisure and project-based…
Leisure And Positive Psychology: Linking Activities With Positiveness

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"Leisure has a central role to play in positive psychology. From a leisure studies perspective, this book looks at how positive interpersonal relationships and positive emotional and cognitive states and processes are expressed or realized in myriad leisure…
Predicaments: Moral Difficulty in Everyday Life
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|October 4, 1993

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Building on Goffman's observations on the moral basis of social interaction, this book elaborates on the notion of a predicament. Stebbins discusses the particular moral concepts including: deception, selfishness, situational ignorance, conceit, and solitude. As…
Planning Your Time In Retirement: How To Cultivate A Leisure Lifestyle To Suit Your Needs And…

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Much of what is written about getting old has a negative feel to it, which is certainly not entirely unjustified. Health may begin to fail. Finances may become tighter as income dwindles or stops altogether. Family and friends may move away or move on. But the…
Serious Leisure and Individuality
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|April 29, 2013

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What does it mean to be an individual and how can an individual exist within society? Serious Leisure and Individuality examines the circumstances in the modern world that make for individual distinctiveness, and the role of these conditions in personal and…
Amateurs, Professionals, and Serious Leisure

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Throughout this project Stebbins has built on the work of Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss and their notion of "grounded theory." First, Stebbins extensively observed the routine activities of amateurs and professionals in each field studied. Then, as he became…
The Laugh-Makers: Stand-Up Comedy as Art, Business, and Life-Style
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|February 1, 1990

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Stebbins begins with a history of stand-up comedy, giving vital background about the industry as it emerged and flourished in the United States and subsequently developed into a popular form of entertainment in Canada. He deals with the nature of comic…
The Committed Reader: Reading For Utility, Pleasure, And Fulfillment In The Twenty-first Century

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Committed utilitarian reading is either dominantly practical or more or less equally practical and fulfilling. Pleasurable reading is conceptualized as an important kind of casual leisure, experienced primarily as relaxation, active entertainment, and sexual…
Leisure Activities in Context: A Micro-Macro/Agency-Structure Interpretation of Leisure

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There have been many analyses of leisure, drawing on the social, historical, cultural, temporal, and geographical contexts in which acts of leisure are pursued. Yet these studies lack a theoretical framework that can explain how leisure studies interact in…