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Interplay: The Magazine of European/American Affairs, vol.1 no.5 pp.51-56, December 1967
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|Resource title||Reflections on Leisure|
|Publication/ source||Interplay: The Magazine of European/American Affairs, vol.1 no.5 pp.51-56|
|Date published||December 1967|
|Summary text/ abstract||In the Western world, the United States and Europe, the question of leisure presents itself... sometimes joyfully, hopefully, and sometimes anxiously. It is said that we are progressing toward a society in which man will no longer be constrained by work. How will he make use of th is leiÂsure? Is a "civilization of leisure" conceivable? A great deal has been written on this subject; it should be reÂmembered that the problem was first brought up, as far as I know, by Thorstein Veblen in 1899, in his famous Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen regarded leisure as non-proÂductive consumption of time, based on a feeling of the inÂ validity of productive work and on the notion of leisure as an obvious proof of possessing the means for a lite of ease. But he thought of it as a class phenomenon, and leisure appeared to him as something limited to the upper class, which in fact it was. However, if there has been an inÂ crease in the number of studies on leisure, it is because the situation has undergone a major transformation. InÂ deed, leisure in itself, or a civilization of ieisure, is too often thought of as something radically new; which cerÂtainly reveals great ignorance of historical fact.|
|Library categories||Neo-Luddism, Politics, Simplicity, Technology|
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