Dimensions of Leisure for Life: Individuals and Society
  • Dimensions of Leisure for Life: Individuals and Society
  • Dimensions of Leisure for Life: Individuals and Society

Dimensions of Leisure for Life: Individuals and Society

by Human Kinetics
     
 

ISBN-10: 0736082883

ISBN-13: 9780736082884

Pub. Date: 07/26/2010

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

From both an individual and a societal perspective, Dimensions of Leisure for Life guides students through a study of leisure as a multidisciplinary field. The book uses social sciences methods and current research, with examples from psychology, geography, anthropology, and sociology, to study leisure behavior. With

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From both an individual and a societal perspective, Dimensions of Leisure for Life guides students through a study of leisure as a multidisciplinary field. The book uses social sciences methods and current research, with examples from psychology, geography, anthropology, and sociology, to study leisure behavior. With contributions from 23 leading professors, the book examines the following:

The concept of leisure, including the various ways in which it has been defined and described, the benefits associated with it, the scope of the leisure industry field, and the basis for studying leisure as a social science The impact of leisure on quality of life, health, physical activity and stress levels, and overall happiness and well-being The social significance of leisure, including the interaction of leisure with history, contemporary society, technology, the environment, economics, and politics and public policy The factors that influence each individual’s leisure choices and level of involvement in leisure activities, such as awareness of local options; barriers of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status; geographic distribution of leisure spaces; and maturity level and stage of development

Students will also consider the part that recreation and leisure play in their own lives. Dimensions of Leisure for Life will guide them on a search for new leisure experiences, starting with their campus and moving on to the wider community and beyond. They’ll search out the resources that are available to them, learn to recognize and challenge the obstacles to participation, and commit to a leisure plan that will meet their needs and enhance personal growth. They will also examine contemporary issues, such as active living, work-to-life balance, the environmental impact of leisure, and sustainability, and discuss how these issues could influence their leisure activity choices. 

The text is complemented by ancillaries for instructors and an online resource for students. All of these resources can be found online at www.HumanKinetics.com/DimensionsofLeisureforLife.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736082884
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I:  Dimensions of Leisure

Chapter 1: The Importance of Leisure to Individuals and Society

Descriptions and Definitions

Why Are Leisure and Recreation Important?

The Ubiquitous Leisure Industry

The Value of Leisure

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 2: Leisure Through a Social Science Lens

We Are All Social Scientists

Social Science Perspectives

Theories to Practice

Social Science Benefits

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Part II: Leisure as Part of Your Lifestyle

Chapter 3: Leisure and Quality of Life

Defining Quality of Life

Individual Health and Illness Prevention

Leisure and Work

Social Support

Communities and Neighborhoods

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 4: Leisure, Health, and Physical Activity

Physical Activity Trends

What Is Health?

Parks and Recreation: Making a Difference

Leisure and Life Stress

Promoting Lifelong Recreation and Active Living

Examining Factors That Influence Behavior

Examples of Physical Activity Initiatives

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 5: Leisure and Well-Being

Understanding Well-Being

Stress and Well-Being: The Important Role of Coping

Managing Stress to Enhance Well-Being

Participating in Meaningful Leisure to Enhance Well-Being

Determinants of Happiness

Leisure Choices that Undermine Well-Being

Approaches and Strategies to Enhance the Value of Leisure for Well-Being

Savoring Leisure

Authentic Leisure

Leisure Gratifications

Mindful Leisure

Virtuous Leisure

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Part III: Dimensions of Leisure in Society

Chapter 6: Leisure History and Heritage

Understanding Leisure From a Historical Perspective

Evolution or Creation?

The Importance of Fire and Its Effect on the Division of Labor

Meanwhile, Back at the Cave . . . Agricultural Alternatives

The Rise of Civilization

Leisure in the Land of the Pharaohs

The Emergence of Greece

Caput Mundi: The Glory of Rome

The Medieval Period: Castles, Churches and the Peasant Culture

The Renaissance: A Resurgence of Classical Values

The Industrial Revolution

The Origins and Development of Recreational Services in the United States

The Heritage of the National Recreation and Park Association

Leisure, Recreation, and Quality of Life

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Readings

Glossary

References

Chapter 7: Contemporary Leisure

Do You Fit the Description of Generation Y?

Three Types of Constraints to Leisure

Trends in Contemporary Leisure

Service Learning and Volunteerism

What Have You Learned About Your Leisure and Yourself?

Summary

Learning Activities

Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 8: Leisure and Technology

Historical and Contemporary Technologies

Technology’s Affect on Leisure and Wellness

Potentially Harmful Uses of Technology

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 9: Leisure, the Environment, and Sustainability

An Advancing Civilization

Conquering Managerial Challenges

The Promise of Tourism

Moving Toward a Sustainable Future

Islands of Hope

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 10: Economics of Leisure

The Relationship of Economics and Leisure

Spending Money on Leisure

Commercial Recreation

Municipal Recreation

Not-for-Profit Recreation

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 11: Leisure, Politics, and Public Policy

The Government’s Role in Leisure

Federalism

Pluralism and Public Policy

Justification for Public Recreation and Leisure

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Part IV: Leisure in Your World

Chapter 12: Campus and Community

What Is a Microcosm?

Exploring your Campus and Campus Recreation

Discover Opportunities: Components of Campus Recreation

Have a Voice & Get Involved: Volunteer and Job Opportunities on Campus

Exploring Your Community

Discover Opportunities in Community Recreation

Get Involved Now and in the Future

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 13: Leisure for All

People with Disabilities

Veterans

Older Adults

Location and Income

Leisure and Segments of Society

Ethnicity and Race

Immigrants, Culture, and Religion

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 14: Leisure and Geography        

Spatial Distribution of Leisure Places

Development of Leisure Places

Leisure Travel and Transportation

Impacts of Leisure on Places

Positive Impacts of Leisure Development

Negative Impacts of Leisure Development

Climate Change and Leisure

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 15: Leisure Through the Life Span

Life Span Concepts

Piaget’s Four Stages of Development

Social Development and Leisure Development

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

Chapter 16: Charting Your Course

Whose Life is This Anyway?

Changing Obstacles Into Opportunities

Finding Resources

Form an Action Plan

Monitor, Evaluate, and Modify Your Leisure Experience

Summary

Learning Activities

Review Questions

Leisure Reading

Glossary

References

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