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Leisure Studies in a Global Era

Time, Freedom and the Self

The Cultural Construction of “Free” Time

Authors: Shir-Wise, Michelle

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  • Explores uniquely contemporary time-use practices impacted by commercialization, media use, and sociability
  • Focuses on Israel, with its well-documented combination of Western values of individualism, capitalism, and a traditional heritage of more collectivist, communal orientations
  • Sheds light on our understanding of how culture is used to direct actions and shape conceptions related to free time and the self
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About this book

While abundant research has investigated time use, much less attention has been given to the cultural meanings attached to free time and what these may express with regard to conceptions of freedom and the self. In an attempt to fill this gap, Michelle Shir-Wise examines not only what people do in their free time, but also how they perceive, interpret and experience it, and in what way it relates to notions of happiness, freedom and the ideal self. Time, Freedom and the Self draws on contemporary theoretical debates concerning the relation between discourse, cultural repertoires, subjective meaning and agency, as well as literature around the sociology of leisure, to inform a unique interpretation of free time (“disciplined freedom”), developed in the light of questionnaires and in-depth interviews with middle-class, middle-aged participants in suburban Israel.

About the authors

Michelle Shir-Wise (PhD, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) is an independent researcher exploring time use, the self, popular culture, freedom, class, gender, youth and ageism, particularly as they relate to middle-class suburban culture in Israel.

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“The anthropology and sociology of time is a fast-growing subfield in its own right, asking fascinating questions about the meaning and use of time by different groups and cultures. Following in the tradition of qualitative sociology, Time, Freedom and the Self inquires about the notions of ‘freedom’ and ‘leisure’ as they are practiced by upper-middle class suburbanites. It is an important and original study showing that free time is far from free or empty. After reading this book, you will no longer think that free time is the result of the whims and creativity of actors; you will rather view it as a social time full of—and acted upon by—powerful sources.” (Eva Illouz, Directrice d’études, EHESS PARIS, France, and Professor of Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Shir-Wise, Michelle

  • Free Time, Culture and the Self

    Pages 9-52

    Shir-Wise, Michelle

  • What Is Topaz?

    Pages 53-69

    Shir-Wise, Michelle

  • Conceptual Mapping: What Is Free Time?

    Pages 71-94

    Shir-Wise, Michelle

  • Quantitative Mapping and Subjective Mapping: Free Time in Practice

    Pages 95-132

    Shir-Wise, Michelle

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eBook $14.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13840-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Time, Freedom and the Self
Book Subtitle
The Cultural Construction of “Free” Time
Authors
Series Title
Leisure Studies in a Global Era
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13841-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13841-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13840-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 371
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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