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 function of relaxation. This formidable, agenda-setting study, provides the main in-depth examination of the dating between the two to date, drawing at the critical relaxation viewpoint and outlining a brand new conceptual framework for examining intake for relaxation.

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Furthermore they enjoy a level of prestige associated with this status and with their expertise on and experience with the novel item. Unlike Veblen’s gentlemen of leisure, however, early adopters fail to form a social class. Rather they may be conceived of as enjoying a special personal status in a circle of people interested in a particular technological good or service. Nevertheless this is, most certainly, a modern manifestation of Veblen’s theory. And what about nonadopters, who were just mentioned in passing?

30, no. 1, 2006), and readers interested in it are encouraged to turn to these sources. What is important to note with respect to the serious leisure perspective is that deviant leisure may take either the casual or the serious form (we have so far been unable to identify any project-based deviant leisure). Casual leisure is probably the more common and widespread of the two. Casual or serious, deviant leisure mostly fits the description of ‘tolerable deviance’ (exceptions are discussed below).

It appears that some of them are conspicuously displaying key retro purchases in an effort to signal to their own circles that ‘old is good’ if not better than that which is new. Hank Stuever (2008) describes the special appeal of the Converse basketball shoe, whose image in certain groups, even after 100 years, is still considered ‘cool’ and distinctive. Compared with the modern sport shoe, the old simple, rubber-soled, canvas, high-topped model still works nicely for some basketball players as well as some nonplayers, who like the image they convey as they wear them.

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