Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America

eBook - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
"This set offers a fascinating look at how Americans spend their free time and entertain themselves. A total of 271 essays present chiefly historical perspectives in the fields of American and cultural studies, sociology, recreation, sports, and leisure studies. Entries cover all facets of American leisure with topics ranging from auctions and blood sports to shopping malls and theme parks. Articles range in length between two and six pages and include brief bibliographies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

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A wide variety of topics are described in this two-volume encyclopedia on the history, people, and the current practice of American pastimes. Drinking, circuses, dancing, darts, fast food, yard sales, amateur radio, photography, and Nordic skiing are some of the leisure activities featured in entries that contain cross-references and bibliographies. More theoretical topics are also included, such as privatization of leisure, racial diversity and leisure lifestyles, regulation and social control of leisure, and urbanization. The entries, which are written at a level appropriate for the advanced high school or undergraduate student, are not merely descriptive, but focus on broad issues such as the history of the activity and the social issues connected with it. Though the majority of the contributors are academics in the US, many teach elsewhere, including in Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Japan. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004
ISBN: 9780684314501
0684314509
9780684312651
0684312654
9780684312668
0684312662
9780684312675
0684312670
Additional Contributors: Cross, Gary S.
Thomson Gale (Firm)

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