Leisure Experience and Human Development: A Dialectical Interpretation / Edition 1

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Douglas Kleiber argues that the value of leisure for development lies in the particular experiences derived from those leisure activities. Experiences that fulfill a need for autonomy, competence, self-expression, and relatedness; that provide a dialectical response to one's prevailing patterns of living; or that address age-related tasks are generative of development and self-actualization. Kleiber reviews the predictable changes in leisure behavior over the life span, noting that activities stimulating developmental change are adopted less often and less effectively than they might be. He then considers the role that leisure experience can play in addressing the problems of socialization, identity formation, and adjustment to life circumstances, concluding with a discussion of optimizing leisure later in life.
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Editorial Reviews

In analyzing the relationship between leisure experience and human development, the author recreation and leisure studies, U. of Georgia-Athens, treats development both as a process of change and as a sequence of predictable, age-related changes. He shows how leisure is influenced by age-related changes in modern life, and how experiences common to leisure can facilitate personal growth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813331492
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Lives in Context Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,304,430
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Kleiber is professor and chair in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Georgia at Athens.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1 The Many Faces of Leisure 1
Leisure as Context 3
Manifestations of Preferred Experience 5
The Place of Leisure in the Study of Development 10
Plan of This Book 11
2 Development, Motivation, and Leisure 16
Sources of Development 17
Intrinsic Motivation: The Push from Inside 21
Leisure and Development 26
3 Changes in Leisure Behavior over the Life Span 33
Life Span Changes 33
Childhood: The Emergence of Leisure 39
Adolescence: Finding a Self to Be Enjoyed 47
Adulthood: Role-Determined Leisure 49
Negative Life Events 56
4 Socialization Through Play and Leisure Activity 62
Socialization 62
The Power of Play 67
Structured Activities and Serious Leisure 68
Emotional Development 69
Social Competence, Morality, and Relatedness 71
The Development of Personal Competence 76
Extracurricular Activity 77
Deviance and Conformity 81
Unequal Playing Fields 83
Overaccommodation, Reproduction, and Resistance 84
Socialization into Adulthood 85
5 Leisure Experience and the Formation of Identity 93
Dimensions and Dialectics of Identity 94
The Relevance of Leisure in Identity Formation 102
The Derailment of Identity Formation in Leisure 110
Leisure Identity and Stabilization 113
6 Personal Expressiveness and the Transcendence of Negative Life Events 120
Negative Life Events 121
The Relevance of Leisure in Negative Life Events 124
Negative Life Events: Loss of Leisure, Loss of Self 127
Leisure Restored and Lives Restoried 131
7 Self-Renewal and Generativity in Middle Age 139
Individuation and Self-Renewal 141
Leisure as a Context for Individuation and Self-Renewal 143
Generativity 145
Leisure as a Context for Generativity 146
Reconsidering Generativity and Self-Renewal 151
Optimizing Leisure for Self-Renewal and Generativity 152
8 Engagement, Disengagement, and Integration in Later Life 159
Leisure and Aging Well 160
Ego Integrity 164
Engagement 167
Disengagement 171
Integration 173
Retirement 175
Index 183
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