Leisure and Consumption: Common Ground/Separate Worlds by Robert A. Stebbins

By Robert A. Stebbins

The research of intake hasn't ever heavily tested the position of rest. This bold, agenda-setting study, provides the main in-depth examination of the courting between the two to date, drawing at the critical rest standpoint and outlining a brand new conceptual framework for studying intake for relaxation.

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4 Sneaky thrills, however, are motivated not by the desire for creature pleasure, but rather by the desire for a special kind of excitement, namely, going against the grain of established social life. Beyond the broad domains of tolerable and intolerable deviant casual leisure lies that of deviant serious leisure, composed primarily of aberrant religion, politics, and science. Deviant religion is manifested in 28 Leisure and Consumption: Common Ground/Separate Worlds the sects and cults of the typical modern society, while deviant politics is constituted of the radical fringes of its ideological left and right.

In general, they tend to be associated with the rewards of self-enrichment and, to a lesser extent, those of self-actualization and self-expression. That is, thrills in serious leisure and devotee work may be seen as situated manifestations of certain more abstract rewards; they are what participants in some fields seek as concrete expressions of the rewards they find there. They are important, in substantial part, because they motivate the participant to stick with the pursuit in the hope of finding similar experiences again and again and because they demonstrate that diligence and commitment may pay off.

Likewise, volunteering for a project may turn sour, creating in the volunteer a sense of being faced with a disagreeable obligation, which however, must still be honored. This is leisure no more. The Nature of Leisure and Consumption 27 Deviant leisure The study of deviant leisure is at least a decade old (see Stebbins, 1996d, 1997a; Rojek, 1997, pp. 392–393; 2000, Chapter 4; Cantwell, 2003; special issue of Leisure/Loisir, vol. 30, no. 1, 2006), and readers interested in it are encouraged to turn to these sources.

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