Foundations of Leisure & Public Health in Modern Society

Foundations of Leisure & Public Health in Modern Society
• Choose THREE from 7 questions below and provide a response in essay format (introduction, body, and conclusion) and not a bulleted summation.
• Cite (APA; the use of sources within text of the essay) with a direct quote (quoting is only one way to cite) but not reference (the listing of sources at the end) the textbook within their responses. Provide the page number.
• Provide a response of 500 words each question. Quote does not count in word count.
• Have at least one quotation from the textbook in each question: Russell, R.V. (2013). Pastimes: The context of contemporary leisure (5th Ed.). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.(Chapter #5,6,7,8,9 ONLY)
• Do NOT use any other sources except the given textbook and Power Points #7-12
• Anatomy of a Model Answer:
o Thesis sentence – The introduction should be within the overall point you are making.
o Point one – Your initial idea or example
o Transition to main points – Stating a reason for the point so that a reader can see theconnection and understanding.
o Point two – Another idea or example to emphasize understanding
o Conclusion or Solutions – Ending your thoughts with restating your overall point.
• American Psychological Association (APA) Format:
o A citation – The use of a source within your text to acknowledge where information was gathered from.Required to use direct quotes for this exam.
o Allison (Year) stated, “many employees feel slighted with diversity [efforts]” (p. 18).
o For many leisure service providers, “Many employees feel slights with diversity” because most do not trust their respective organizations to follow through (Allison, Year, p. 18).
o Reference – A listing of a source after the end of your text. Should not be used for this exam.
Question #1(Power Point #6)
Leisure is a powerful cultural “tool” in terms of:
a) characterizing culture,
b) developing culture, and
c) changing culture.
Select one of these tools. Then, describe it and give and example from your own experience to illustrate how leisure is culturally powerful, impacts sustainability, and determines quality of life. Make sure you utilize terminology from the Anthropology section of this course.

Question #2 (PP#8)
In terms of its geographical significance, what might be the future of leisure? Discuss at least two concerns in terms of both the challenges and the solutions based on environmental justice, the waste hierarchy, or the helix of sustainability.

Question#3 (PP#9&12)
What is social capital? In terms of the main points in the technology, has technology placed our society’s social capital in jeopardy? How or how not? What are the positive or negative implications of social capital on social equity and public health?

Question#4 (PP#9)
From the research of Kubey and Csikszentmihalyi, summarize the nature of the television viewing experience for adults. Also, how well do you think their findings describe your own television viewing experience? Why? What are the implications of their study on our understanding of sedentary lifestyles and physical activity?

Question#5 (PP#10&11)
What is Postman’s thesis in the book Amusing Ourselves To Death? Does the criticism of Disney theme parks presented in the chapter also point to the destructiveness of amusement? How or how not? What are the implications of the destructiveness of amusement on the environment?

Question #6 (PP#11)
Anomie is one of the deviant leisure explanations for why people engage in socially unacceptable pastimes. First, describe anomie, differentiate it from the other two explanations, and then explain how the concept of leisure boredom might apply to it. Finally, give an example of anomie and leisure boredom from your own experiences and how it might reflect unhealthy life choices (whether a self-critique or an observational critique).

Question #7 (PP#12)
Based on sensate and ideational mentalities distinguish taboo/deviant leisure, “good”, and prole leisure, and then explain how does Toynbee’s argument of the “thug code” ignore issues tied to social equity?

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