The purpose of this eighth edition of Pastimes is to extend the discussion about contemporary leisure to new concepts supported by the latest research findings and scholarly commentary.
In this edition much of the content is new, including an added discussion on architecture as material culture. As well, more attention to indigenous people within a leisure context is incorporated. There is also a new chapter that challenges us to look at leisure as a fundamental aspect of human rights. The implication of this chapter is to aid readers, learners, and instructors to think even more broadly about not only what leisure is but also what it can be.
This new edition of Pastimes also contains new illustrations of concepts through field-based cases, new biographical features, new exploratory and participatory activities, and new research study summaries.
More than a textbook, Pastimes is very much a point of view. It presents leisure as a human phenomenon that is individual and collective, vital and frivolous, historical and contemporary, factual and subjective, good and bad. Human life and its culture cannot be understood without understanding leisure. Leisure is a complex subject, yet worth knowing.
Part 1: Leisure is a Condition of Being Human: Personal Context
The Humanities of Leisure
Why Leisure is Vital
Leisure and Health
Defining and Explaining Leisure Behavior
Part 2: Leisure is a Cultural Mirror: Societal Context
Leisure in Past Societies
Leisure and Technology
Part 3: Leisure is an Instrument: Systems Context
The Work, Money, Leisure Balance
The Freedom and Tyranny of Time
Is Leisure Fair?
Is Leisure a Right?
Look Inside: Pastimes 8th