First published in 1983. Leisure has too often been approached as a set of activities that people do when everything important has been completed. This text provides a different analysis demonstrating the centrality of leisure to human development and to important relationships.
In Leisure Identities and Interactions the author analyses leisure in the context of role changes through the life course, but also as a social context in which we work out the identities that express who we really want to be. His focus is on the kinds of leisure that are both most common and most significant face-to-face encounters, family interaction, and episodes found in the midst of our roles and routines. Varieties of leisure styles are found to be developed out of available opportunities and in relation to cultural values, but also are chosen to express and negotiate our self-definitions. Leisure is both social and existential and can best be understood in the dialectic of role expectations and decision. Kelly utilizes symbolic interaction, interpretive, and dramaturgical metaphors to develop a different sociology of leisure one that brings together the concepts of role and identity. Expressive identities and intimate communities are as essential to leisure as they are to life.
Preface; 1. Meanings of Leisure: An Introduction; Part One: Styles of Leisure: Variety and Meaning; 2. Variations in Leisure Styles 3. Life Course Changes 4. Personal and Social Identities; Part Two: Social Contexts of Leisure; 5. Leisure and the Family 6. Face-to-Face Interaction 7. Leisure Planning and Provision 8. Leisure Interaction and the Social Dialectic; Index
This set of 12 volumes, originally published between 1938 and 2001, brings together research on Leisure Studies, including works on young people and leisure, the family, and political influence on the leisure industry. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and leisure.