STUDY UNIT 1:
AN INTRODUCTION TO LEISURE
REFERENCE TORKILDSEN, G. (2005) 5th Ed
Chapter 2, pp. 10 - 21 Chapter 3, pp. 42 – 43 Chapter 4, pp. 45 - 64
EDGINTON ET AL. (2004), pp. 2-3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES By the end of study unit 1, you should be able to: develop an understanding for the historical perspective of leisure. differentiate between a variety of approaches, descriptions and definitions of leisure. describe the characteristic s of leisure. identify the leisure as a social problem.
LEISURE: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE EDGINTON ET AL. (2004), pp. 2-3 TORKILDSEN, G. (2005) 5th Ed Chapter 1 pp. 10 - 21
Why do we seek leisure? Provides opportunities for: Relaxation, Reflection, Renewal, Release and Restoration Serves to promote: The Growth, Development, General Well-Being
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Leisure - ancient idea Primitive cultures – leisure began: After sustenance, security and basic needs or after a „kill‟ or during inclement weather Simple social systems leisure part of rhythms of life: night and day, climate, harvest Opportunities for leisure: Festivals, celebrations, feasts, weddings, special days sacred mythology Elite classes and leisure became associated
Assyrian and Babylonian cultures leisure activities for: Nobility, military and religious leaders Horse racing, wrestling, boxing, archery, arts, dance, drama, hunting, warfare and lavish entertainment Drinking and gambling Assyria and Babylon – activities for the upper strata in the society: royal estates & parks, hanging gardens Sumerian and Mesopotamian combine retail with leisure 1.2.1 Leisure and the Ancient Greeks Good citizens: leisure and education Slaves doing the work Rest free for leisure Two aspects of Greek civilization: Work-leisure distinction Work toil of manual labor Leisure - eternal truths and music & drama Aristotle: business & war versus leisure & peace Greek leisure myth Plato: music, poetry & philosophy = leisure...