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alcohol abuse

alcohol abuse  

Excessive consumption of alcohol, especially when it is habitual or frequently repeated and associated with impaired capacity to function in the family and society, operate a motor vehicle or moving ...
Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks  

The roots of today's amusement parks date back to the 1500s, when so-called pleasure gardens began opening on the outskirts of major European cities. In addition to primitive rides, these ...
Chautauqua Movement

Chautauqua Movement  

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An outgrowth of the lyceum movement, originated at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., where annual Methodist Episcopal camp meetings had been held until they were reorganized (1874) as assemblies for religious ...
circus

circus  

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In 1919 the Georgian artist Nikolai Foregger lectured the Union of International Artists of the Circus on his conviction in a renaissance of the circus. He evoked theatre as the ...
conservation Movement.

conservation Movement.  

Launched in 1908 as a national crusade, the conservation movement involved the wide range of concerns later embraced by the environmental movement. Its intellectual origins date to the western land ...
consumer culture

consumer culture  

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Media studies
See also advertising cultures; taste.1. A pejorative reference to modern Western society in terms of its domination by the marketing and consumption of goods and services (see also promotional ...
consumption sectors

consumption sectors  

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Social divisions created by the way in which material goods and services—especially major items such as housing, health, and education—are consumed in advanced capitalist societies.The possible ...
cultural studies

cultural studies  

The critical analysis of the texts and practices of everyday life in contemporary society: an interdisciplinary enterprise involving both the humanities and the social sciences. Its territory (in the ...
Disney

Disney  

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Religion
Like McDonald's and Coca-Cola, the Disney brand name is now synonymous with American culture. The symbols and meanings of the corporation's seemingly ubiquitous products maintain a strong presence in ...
electricity

electricity  

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Any effect resulting from the existence of stationary or moving electric charges.
Etiquette

Etiquette  

Correct behaviour, good manners; Heb. derekh eretz, ‘the Way of the Earth’, that is, how people on earth ought to conduct themselves. The term ‘the Way of the Earth’ suggests that the rules of ...
fitness

fitness  

(in genetics) Symbol W. A measure of the relative breeding success of an individual or genotype in a given population at a given time. Individuals that contribute the most offspring to the next ...
Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted  

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(1822–1903).One of the most important landscape-architects of C19 after Downing's death, he developed the C18 English Picturesque style of landscape, and was an innovator in the design of public ...
gambling

gambling  

In Ireland has uncertain origins, though by the 17th century it was considered a common vice. Regular lotteries were held at least from the 1680s. Following the revolution of 1688 ...
Illumination.

Illumination.  

Although lighting might appear a necessity, the perception of needs has changed radically since the Colonial Era, when the expense of illumination restricted it to domestic use, and night and ...
knur-and-spell

knur-and-spell  

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A game played in the north of England, with a continuous popularity from the mid 1700s to the 1930s, surviving into the later 20th century in some forms as an element of heritage culture. The sport ...
leisure

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences
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384 words

Economists traditionally defined leisure in opposition to work and more specifically as a residual of the work day—the time left

leisure

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Current Version:
2003
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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1,473 words

The release of the body from the tension and strain of work may be understood as a natural physical response

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007
A time in which individuals are not compelled to do anything, and are free to choose to relax or to take part in a leisure activity. Leisure has important social functions, including ... More
Leisure

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Karla A. Henderson and Claire Langhamer

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History

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2008
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History
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This entry consists of two subentries:Overview Comparative History Overview Leisure is frequently misunderstood. It can range from doing nothing to doing something at ... More

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