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Importance of being lazy : in praise of play, leisure, and vacations

Author: Al Gini
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2003.
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"In a tour of our workaholic society, where summers at the seashore have been supplanted by the long weekend, Gini draws on studies of Americans' vacation habits as well as interviews, personal stories, and the wry observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists from Aristotle to Mark Twain to Thorstein Veblen." "Without true leisure, Gini says, we are diminished as individuals and as a society. Even if we  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Al Gini
ISBN: 0415938791 9780415938792 9780203488591 0203488598
OCLC Number: 52056755
Description: ix, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: The project and the problem --
The other side of leisure: work, damn it! --
Leisure and culture: the importance of being lazy --
Vacations and traveling --
Minivacations: the weekend --
Shopping as leisure and play --
Sports and play --
The ultimate vacation: retirement --
Epilogue: Sabbath as metaphor.
Responsibility: Al Gini.

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