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Hobbies : Leisure and the Culture of Work in America - Steven M. Gelber


Leisure and the Culture of Work in America

Paperback Published: 25th June 1999
ISBN: 9780231113939
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

Gelber has uncovered an astonishing array of writings-advice literature, popular magazines, newspaper articles-on hobiies... Gelber takes an unusal and little studied topic-the history of hobbies-and shows us its depth, its breadth and its importance. This is a fine book, one that reminds us that the study of leisure is also the study of work, gender, and culture. -- Cindy S. Aron American Historical Review

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Context and Theoryp. 1
Hobbies as a Category
Occupations for Free Timep. 23
The Collectible Objectp. 59
Collectorsp. 78
Constructing a Collector's Marketp. 107
Deconstructing a Collector's Marketp. 129
Crafts, Tools, and Gender in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 155
Expanding the Boundaries of Craftsp. 193
Home Crafts in Hard Timesp. 224
Kits: Assembly as Craftp. 255
Do-It-Yourself: Expected Leisurep. 268
Conclusionp. 295
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780231113939
ISBN-10: 0231113935
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th June 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53