The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation

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"In a tour of our workaholic society, where summers at the seashore have been supplanted by the long weekend, Gini draws on studies of Americans' vacation habits as well as interviews, personal stories, and the wry observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists from Aristotle to Mark Twain to Thorstein Veblen." Without true leisure, Gini says, we are diminished as individuals and as a society. Even if we love our jobs, find creativity, success, and pleasure in our work, we also crave, desire, and need not to work. The Importance of Being Lazy is our road map for learning how to play, doze, gaze, amble, and goof off without guilt.
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'The Importance of Being Lazy solidifies Al Gini's reputation as a leading philosopher of contemporary American culture.' - Ronald M. Green, Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College, USA

'Finally - a book written around the thesis that "doing nothing" is one of life's necessities!' - Publishers Weekly

'Gini is so persuasive I kept putting the book down to go play!' - Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415938792
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/7/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Gini is a Philosophy Professor at Loyola University Chicago and a member of Loyola's Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations. He is the co-founder and Associate Editor of the journal Business Ethics Quarterly and the author of Why IT's Hard to Be Good(Routledge).

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Project and the Problem 1
1 The Other Side of Leisure: Work, Damn it! 13
2 Leisure and Culture: The Importance of Being Lazy 27
3 Vacations and Traveling 43
4 Minivacations: The Weekend 65
5 Shopping as Leisure and Play 81
6 Sports and Play 101
7 The Ultimate Vacation: Retirement 117
Epilogue: Sabbath as Metaphor 143
Notes 163
About the Author 173
Index 175
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