Social Science

Hobbies

by Steven M. Gelber
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 1999-06-25
Genre: Social Science
Pages: 400 pages
ISBN 13: 9780231504232
ISBN 10: 0231504233
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Synopsis : Hobbies written by Steven M. Gelber, published by Columbia University Press which was released on 1999-06-25. Download Hobbies Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. By proposing that the retired hobbyist could add to the sum of knowledge , the author was stressing that retirement hobbies were not merelv like work ; they were work , with a measurable and valuable product . -- Whether it's needlepoint or woodworking, collecting stamps or dolls, everyone has a hobby, or is told they need one. But why do we fill our leisure time with the activities we do? And what do our hobbies say about our culture? Steven Gelber here traces the history and significance of hobbies from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1950s. Although hobbies are often touted as a break from work, Gelber demonstrates that they reflect and reproduce the values and activities of the workplace by bringing utilitarian rationality into the home, imitating the economic stratification of the marketplace, and reinforcing traditional gender roles. Drawing on a wide array of social and cultural theory, Hobbies fills a critical gap in American cultural history and provides a compelling new perspective on the meaning of leisure.