Whether it's needlepoint or woodworking, collecting stamps or dolls, everyone has a hobby, or is told they need one. But why do we fill our leisure time with the activities we do? And what do our hobbies say about our culture? Steven Gelber here traces the history and significance of hobbies from the mid-nineteenth century through the 1950s. Although hobbies are often touted as a break from work, Gelber demonstrates that they reflect and reproduce the values and activities of the workplace by bringing utilitarian rationality into the home, imitating the economic stratification of the marketplace, and reinforcing traditional gender roles. Drawing on a wide array of social and cultural theory, Hobbies fills a critical gap in American cultural history and provides a compelling new perspective on the meaning of leisure.
This book offers reading and activity suggestions for introducing students to hobbies and potential career interests. Each of 30 chapters focuses on a different hobby, including bird-watching, canine care, drawing and painting, making jewelry, building kites, making masks, puppeteering, and more.
Leisure time is for people do anything they want, but sometimes their interests are really freaky. While some people like to read books and others play board games with their families, many hobbies are a bit stranger. This wild book looks at the collections Americans treasure and the games they loveeven if the collection is of their own fingernails and the game is bug fighting! Engaging subject matter and incredible photos show Americans relaxing in the oddest ways imaginable, delighting even the most reluctant of readers.
“Everybody's Book of Hobbies” contains information on almost every conceivable hobby, providing descriptions, suggestions, instructions, and more for each treated. From basket weaving to bee keeping, this volume has something for everyone and is highly recommended for those looking for avocational inspiration. Contents include: “Basket Work”, “Gesso Work”, “Painting on Wood and Glass”, “Staining and Polishing”, “Mechanic Hobbies”, “Photography”, “Wireless”, “Moment's Hobbies”, “Appliqué Work”, “Artificial Flower Making”, “Barbola Work”, “Felt Embroidery”, “Fillet Work”, “Sealing-wax Craft”, “Home and Garden Hobbies”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.
Make your retirement years a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Gardening, a hobby that interests many retirees can be made even more interesting by planting by the phases of the moon. It seems to be an accepted fact that all elderly ladies knit. This is in fact not the case as many women were too busy to have the time to sit and knit when they were younger. It could be that you never had the opportunity to learn this craft, but now that you have the time and want to start a new hobby you will find knitting a very relaxing and fulfilling hobby.
Money Matters! In this math-based title young readers are introduced to Emily and follow her decisions about spending and saving Money for Hobbies. Concepts such as price, quantity, quality, and value are detailed throughout the narrative. This multi-platform series thoughtfully matches reading levels and math skills to teach kids more about using money every day. Looking Glass Library is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades PreK-4.