Leisure Is A Word Of Leisure

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Leisure is a word many people use in their everyday lives it therefore has many different definitions. The most general definition is ‘time or opportunity for relaxation or hobbies’ (Collins Concise English Dictionary, 2004). However, more specifically (Haywood, 1995), referred to leisure as time left over from work. Nevertheless it can be questioned what people would relate to as work and what impact leisure has on those who are unemployed, retired or simply live work driven lives. This essay will look at the many different definitions of leisure and will use appropriate literature to identify key concepts.
The importance of leisure is shown throughout social, psychological and cultural dimensions; but it also has great economic focus
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An example of this would be paid holidays, and this is only a recent development, that many take for granted. Secondly, many people assume that the definition of leisure is similar if not the same for everyone. But gender, class and age have a dominant effect on what leisure is available (Deem, 1988).
Argyle made a statement about leisure which many people can relate to:
‘It is those activities which people do in their free time, because they want to, for their own sake, for fun, entertainment, self-improvement , or for goals of their own choosing, but not for material gain.’ (Argyle, 1996, p.3).
(Spraklen, 2013) also described leisure as time free from other demands of life or activities undertaken in spare time. Despite leisure being an important aspect in many people’s daily routines, it can also seen as a stress reliever or an escape from the tolls of everyday life, others may see it as non-essential, as certain leisure activities cost money, money which those who are unemployed, or living off the state believe should be more cleverly spent on food or shelter (Haworth and Lewis, 2005, pp. 67-79).
Tolkildenson once quoted ‘spare time is not considered the same as free time from work as it has not been earned’ (Tolkildsen, 1999). This therefore applies to those who do not work, for example: the unemployed, house workers, retired/elderly, students, dependent
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