Century of the Leisured Masses PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Century of the Leisured Masses free pdf American living standards improved considerably between 1900 and 2000. While most observers focus on gains in per-capita income as a measure of economic well-being, economists have used other measures of well-being: height, weight, and longevity. The increased amount of leisure time per week and across people's lifetimes, however, has been an unsung aspect of the improved standard of living in America. In Century of the Leisured Masses, David George Surdam explores the growing presence of leisure activities in Americans' lives and how this development came out throughout the twentieth century. Most Americans have gone from working fifty-five or more hours per week to working fewer than forty, although many Americans at the top rungs of the economic ladder continue to work long hours. Not only do more Americans have more time to devote to other activities, they are able to enjoy higher-quality leisure. New forms of leisure have given Americans more choices, better quality, and greater convenience. For instance, in addition to producing music themselves, they can now listen to the most talented musicians when and where they want. Television began as black and white on small screens- within fifty years, Americans had a cast of dozens of channels to choose from. They could also purchase favorite shows and movies to watch at their convenience. Even Americans with low incomes enjoyed television and other new forms of leisure. This growth of leisure resulted from a combination of growing productivity, better health, and technology. American workers became more productive and chose to spend their improved productivity and higher wages by consuming more, taking more time off, and enjoying better working conditions. By century's end, relatively few Americans were engaged in arduous, dangerous, and stultifying occupations. The reign of tyranny on the shop floor, in retail shops, and in offices was mitigated- many Americans could even enjoy leisure activities during work hours. Failure to consider the gains in leisure time and leisure consumption understates the gains in American living standards. With Century of the Leisured Masses, Surdam has comprehensively documented and examined the developments in this important marker of well-being throughout the past century.

About David George Surdam

David Surdam is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his doctorate under the supervision of Nobel-Prize Winner in Economics, Robert W. Fogel. He is the author of several books and articles pertaining to the economics of professional team sports and the American Civil War. He is currently working on books examining Major League Baseball during the 1920s and a history of business ethics.

Details Book

Author : David George Surdam
Publisher : Oxford University Press Inc
Data Published : 19 February 2015
ISBN : 0190211571
EAN : 9780190211578
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Century of the Leisured Masses

17 Comments Add a comment

Related eBooks Download

  • Contemporary Perspectives in Leisure free pdfContemporary Perspectives in Leisure

    We are entering a new era of leisure. Quality rather than quantity is now the focus of researchers. policymakers and managers. Technological change. an ageing population and a harsh economic climate are changing the values and practices of leisure..

  • The Labour of Leisure free pdfThe Labour of Leisure

    Leisure has always been associated with freedom. choice and flexibility. The week-end and vacations were celebrated as 'time off'. In his compelling new book. Chris Rojek turns this shibboleth on its head to demonstrate how leisure has become a form of labour..

  • Introduction to Recreation and Leisure free pdfIntroduction to Recreation and Leisure

    This is a student resource in recreation and leisure. Recreation and leisure is a thriving industry with phenomenal growth. tremendous potential and diverse career paths and options..

  • Leisure: An Introduction free pdfLeisure: An Introduction

    Leisure: An Introduction provides a broad and lively understanding of the meaning. significance and scope of leisure in modern day society. The book achieves this by exploring key concepts and theories..

  • The Leisure Hour Improved free pdfThe Leisure Hour Improved

    Excerpt from The Leisure Hour Improved: Or Moral Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. Original and Selected About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books..

  • Century of the Leisured Masses free pdfCentury of the Leisured Masses

    Download Ebooks For Free ePub. American living standards improved considerably between 1900 and 2000. While most observers focus on gains in per-capita income as a measure of economic well-being, econ