Devotee Work as Leisure

Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


In the common sense view leisure is the antithesis of work and thinking about work as leisure is therefore nonsensical. This chapter shows those aspects of devotee work that the common sense images are omitting, and ipso facto, why on occasion it may be either foolish or shortsighted to act without considering them. Devotee work is defined and explained. The intimates of those in devotee occupations are aware of the latter’s passion for their work, of their career in it, of their costs and setbacks, and so on. But not so with the general public. For them devotee work is considered important, honorable, sometimes absolutely indispensable. To call it (common sense) leisure is to insult its immense contributions to society and personal development.


Devotee work Common sense Serious leisure Professionals Consultants Counselors Skilled trades Small proprietors 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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