Cultural Concepts of Leisure Essay

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Cultural Concepts of Leisure Modern American culture seems to have the need for discrepancy between leisure and work more than any other culture in the world. We really forget the possibility that other meanings besides our own might exist. I would like to explore the different meanings that leisure has for people of other cultural backgrounds and compare them with those of European descent. It is important to keep in mind that there is no way of regarding any culture in which the results can be taken as truth about the culture in its entirety. Values and ideals vary from person to person and from community to community. There are, however, commonalties found spread throughout the body of a culture and these can be very meaningful.…show more content…
The ten women all expressed discomfort with the Western concept of leisure as a time to escape. Family is the central concept of social behavior in India. All importance for the individual revolves around the family. We never like to leave our daughter on Saturdays or Sundays. That is something you will probably find common among Indian families. We have a real hang up about taking time off for yourself. We don't at all feel comfortable leaving her because we feel she is left after school at the day care. So we go only to those places where we can take her. (Professor, daughter age 8) Most of these women also said they would quit their jobs, or their husbands would quit their jobs if it came to the point where their children were spending time alone at home. This attitude towards work as secondary to "leisure" is not so common among Anglo-Americans, or if it is, it is not widely practiced. Similar results came of Daniel McDonald and Leo McAvoy's study of Native American concepts of leisure as far as the separation of work time and leisure time is concerned. Native American cultures tend to see leisure as inseparable from a host of other concerns and interests. In one study Malloy et al. (1993) suggests that the marginal economic levels characteristic of many Native American communities would give little meaning to the
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