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Free time and leisure participation: international perspectives.

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This book is an expanded and updated edition of a previous work entitled World Leisure Participation: Free Time in the Global Village, by the same editors (CABI, 1996). It brings together the results of national leisure participation surveys from 15 economically developed countries (3 of which were not covered in the earlier volume). In addition to updating chapters to include the latest surveys, ...

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Chapter 16 (Page no: 265)

United States of America: time-use and cultural activities.

This chapter reviews national survey data concerning the free-time activities of Americans in the latter third of the 20th century. It focuses both on the amounts of free time Americans have (and its relations to time spent on non-free-time activities) and on the specific activities done in that free time. Activities done during free time include: use of television, home computers and other media; social activities; arts participation; and sport and exercise. Time-diary research in the USA since 1965 has documented several shifts in free time that are surprising or counterintuitive in light of today's perceived 'time famine'. Perhaps most striking is the increase in free time, made possible by decreased paid work (for men) and unpaid 'housework' (for women). At the same time, US survey respondents increasingly reported being 'rushed' or stressed, since the 1960s, although there are signs of some turnaround in such time-pressured perceptions in the late 1990s.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 17) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Australia. Author(s): Veal, A. J.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 41) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Canada. Author(s): Zuzanek, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 61) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Finland. Author(s): Liikkanen, M. Pääkkönen, H.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 75) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: France. Author(s): Samuel, N.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 101) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Germany. Author(s): Tokarski, W. Michels, H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Great Britain. Author(s): Gratton, C. Veal, A. J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 127) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Hong Kong. Author(s): Sivan, A. Robertson, B. Walker, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 141) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Israel. Author(s): Ruskin, H. Sivan, A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 153) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Japan. Author(s): Harada, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 163) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: The Netherlands. Author(s): Knulst, W. Poel, H. van der
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 177) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: New Zealand. Author(s): Walker, S. Donn, M. Laidler, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 197) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Poland. Author(s): Jung, B.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 221) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Russia. Author(s): Butenko, I. A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 233) Leisure participation and time-use surveys: Spain. Author(s): Maiztegui Oñate, C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 245) United States of America: outdoor recreation. Author(s): Cordell, H. K. Green, G. T. Leeworthy, V. R. Stephens, R. Fly, M. J. Betz, C. J.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 283) National leisure participation and time-use surveys: a future. Author(s): Cushman, G. Veal, A. J. Zuzanek, J.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Americans' Use of Time Project, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2005
  • ISBN
  • 9780851996202
  • Record Number
  • 20053057569