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Sociology of leisure

Study of how humans organize their free time / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The sociology of leisure or leisure sociology is the study of how humans organize their free time. Leisure includes a broad array of activities, such as sport, tourism, and the playing of games. The sociology of leisure is closely tied to the sociology of work, as each explores a different side of the work-leisure relationship. More recent studies in the field move away from this relationship, however, and focus on the relation between leisure and culture.

Indigenous people peeling maize while overlooking Quito from El Panecillo, Ecuador.
Indigenous people peeling maize while overlooking Quito from El Panecillo, Ecuador.

Studies of leisure have determined that observable patterns in human leisure behavior cannot be explained solely by socioeconomic variables such as age, income, occupation or education. The type of leisure activity is substantially influenced by the numerous more complex factors, such as presence or lack of family, religious beliefs and general cultural values one adheres to.

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