Leisure and Recreation Term Paper by Nicky

Leisure and Recreation
A discussion of the history and significance of leisure activities and recreation.
# 144945 | 1,521 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 20, 2010 in Sociology (General) , History (General)

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The paper examines the history of leisure and recreation and shows how in the past 150 years, both the form and the meaning of "free time" has changed dramatically. The paper discusses the importance of leisure to family life and briefly looks at how nature is used for both leisure and economic activities.

From the Paper:

"Nature and leisure are integrant parts of individuals' lives, and largely contribute to what sociologists refer to as 'quality of life.' While the importance of nature in human life has been discussed for centuries, the relevance of leisure and recreation is a relatively recent invention of modern society. Of course, this does not mean that in the Middle Ages, for instance, people did not pursue leisure activities. However, these activities were not recognized as leisure, and carried a myriad of names which was subject to several changes throughout the ages. Scholars have often discussed the nature and meaning of leisure. Some (for instance, Kelly 1996, 1999, as cited in Zabriskie, McCormick 284) have suggested that leisure includes a notion of continuity and change which can be accounted for by the two different kinds of activities that individuals engage in throughout their lifetime. In this sense, one style is consistent and relatively accessible with the quality of persisting throughout their entire life whereas the other kind can be defined by variety, and a smaller degree of accessibility, and remains changeable throughout individuals' lifetime. This tendency to alternate change and consistence is reflected, according to most theorists, in human nature thus this interplay of familiarity and novelty in the pattern of leisure activities meets individuals' need for both stability and change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bliss, C. (1996). 4: Economics of the Environment. In In Pursuit of the Quality of Life, Offer, A. (Ed.) (pp. 66-87). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Burke, Peter. (1995). The Invention of Leisure in Early Modern Europe. Past and Present 146, 136-150.
  • Koshar, Rudy, ed. (2002). Histories of Leisure. New York: Berg.
  • Zabriskie, Ramon B. and Bryan P. McCormick. (2001). The Influences of Family Leisure Patterns on Perceptions of Family Functioning. Family Relations 50.3, 281-289.

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