Work, Leisure, and Well-Being

Work, Leisure, and Well-Being

Work, Leisure, and Well-Being

Work, Leisure, and Well-Being

Synopsis

In Work, Leisure and Well Being, John Haworth challenges the assumption that well-structured leisure activities are of greater benefit to health and well-being than paid work.

Excerpt

A critical appraisal of factors underpinning experience, understanding and well-being is vital if we are to avoid the threat of social polarisation and instead utilise potential opportunities. The book includes several guest chapters by world-renowned scholars. Stanley Parker examines the work-leisure relationship and discusses future possibilities for work and leisure. Ken Roberts and Jack Kelly examine crucial life transitions. Roberts discusses work and leisure in young people’s lives. Kelly examines activity in retirement. Seppo Iso-Ahola discusses the importance of leisure for health, and Robert Stebbins examines the characteristics, costs and rewards of serious leisure. The introduction to the book summarises these contributions and the main thrust of the chapters by the author, which emphasise the social and temporal nature of human endeavour and the importance of enjoyment for sustaining individual well-being and valued social practices. Other chapters by the author examine studies of factors influencing well-being in work and leisure, and review a model of mental health central to research in this area.

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