Sociology and Leisure

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The Three Developments
The Decline of Public Life, Commercializing Leisure and Recreation; Formalizing Recreation: Organization over spontaneity are the three developments that have brought about the change in leisure time. The Decline of Public Life is a development in which Richard Sennett argues that modernity has seen the fall of public man, as people more and more seek refuge in “ties of family or intimate association” (Sennett 1977). Leisure has been affected in far-reaching ways. Migration to the suburbs and the progression of the television keeps people home to entertain themselves. Not only television affects the recreation out of our homes, video games, DVD players, personal computers, and the inter- net are also to blame. American’s are less likely to stay inside rather than go out for a dose of the arts.

The second development is commercializing leisure and recreation. This development has made an outstanding mark on our leisure time more than any of the other two developments. Recreational activities were so that people could have fun; instead many now purchase services and goods. An enormous growth of commodification has populated in the world. Commodification makes it possible to buy and sell a peculiar good for service. One of those is services is entertainment it has become a major expense which will transcend over $700 billion dollars each year. Our televisions have become an 800 pound gorilla of leisure time. Staying home to enjoy a performance in front of our home entertainment center has become the norm. Recreational shopping is another example that has sky rocketed. There are 45,000 malls and shopping centers available to live out daydreams and for others to experience an emotional and sensual high.
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