A Birds Eye Views on Leisure Services

A Birds Eye Views on Leisure Services

P. N. Raghunathan (Bharathiar University, India)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8699-1.ch014
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This chapter highlights the conceptual framework of Leisure services like reviews of literature, importance, past and present scenario, benefits and challenges in leisure services, various view points on leisure, Christian perspective of leisure, kinds of leisure activities, leisure industry and its types. It is pinpointed in this chapter that people live like a machine in this modern computer world and having more stress. Hence, this chapter describes how one can plan and spend his\her free time fruitfully to come out of stress, to get relaxation and benefits out of it. Finally in conclusion clearly emphasize the importance of using leisure services without become addict of wrong choice of leisure activities.
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Operational Definitions

Leisure time: The period of time which the individual uses for activities other than his basic needs like sleeping, eating, studying and working.

Leisure Time Activities: The sum of all activities like recreation and relaxation which are performed in a period of time other than the time spent for basic needs and the activities which require participation in society.

  • The humanistic or classic approach is based on a concept of being human that requires freedom of action;

  • The therapeutic perspective assumes that people are less than healthy it they lack leisure and hence, require some remediation;

  • The quantitative model presumes that leisure as time can be identified by the form of time usage;

  • The institutional concept views leisure as one element of a social system made up of institutions with complementary functions;

  • The epistemological idea is based on the values embodied within a particular culture; and,

  • The sociological approach is based on the view that leisure and everything else is defined in a social context by social actors who are creating their own interpreted universe of meaning.


Reviews Of Literature

Bennis, and Nanus, (1985) 1, says that leadership is an essential ingredient in the provision of any recreation and leisure program or service. In their article “Leadership for Recreation and Leisure service Programme” they point out that a number of levels require leadership in recreation and leisure service organizations; this study has focused on direct, face-to-face leadership, that is, leadership which involves direct contact between the leader and the participant. The Recreation and leisure service field is a people-oriented business. As a result the bottom line of any recreation and leisure service organization has its front line leadership. Leadership in this work is seen as an art or a craft that involves influencing individuals or groups to work together with enthusiasm, dedication, and skill toward some common end. It is a transformational process, whereby both leaders and participants exchange meaning in a powerful interplay of ideas, concepts and ultimately action. The above authors discuss ‘What makes a successful leader?’ ‘What are the hallmarks of successful recreation and leisure service leaders?’ Caring, compassion, empathy, and genuineness coupled with vision, trust, optimism, and hope are often characteristics associated with successful leaders. Effective recreation and leisure service leaders breathe life into individuals and organizations by creating clear, credible visions and see to that they actually occur. Great leaders are both dreamers and doers. Leadership transforms vision into reality.

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