Amateurs, Professionals, and Serious Leisure

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 6, 1992 - Social Science - 184 pages
Throughout this project Stebbins has built on the work of Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss and their notion of "grounded theory." First, Stebbins extensively observed the routine activities of amateurs and professionals in each field studied. Then, as he became more familiar with the life-styles of the participants, he conducted lengthy, unstructured, face-to-face interviews with, in most cases, thirty amateur or professional respondents. Each field demanded special methods of observation, analysis, interviewing, probing, and reporting. As much as possible, however, Stebbins asked similar questions of all respondents in all fields so as to permit generalizations across these diverse fields. The result was a "substantive grounded theory" of each field studied.
 

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Contents

1 Serious Leisure
1
2 Professionals
20
3 Amateurs
38
4 Publics
59
5 Careers
68
6 Costs and Rewards
93
7 In the Community
108
8 Serious Leisure in the Twentyfirst Century
123
Conclusion
134
Notes
137
Bibliography
143
Author Index
163
Subject Index
167
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