Njut Lagom! # 2

Definition of the leisure

Leisure has traditionally been defined as free-time or non-work time. Leisure is equated to free time by Robinson (1977), who defined free time as the time left after paid work and all activities related to the maintenance of the family, the household and personal care. Another traditional definition of leisure is in terms of participation in particular types of activities (Neulinger 1974), or as activities that individuals choose to pursue in their free time.

Leisure takes place in the social world. Leisure time is a good indicator of cultural dichotomies between societies. The places where leisure activities are held characterize social orientation, collective identity and even nationality. It is a product of a particular time and culture, reflecting economic and social structures (Kelly 1982). Given the social nature of leisure experiences, it may be assumed that the meaning of such experiences will also be shaped by social and cultural contexts.

Depending on the country, the concept of leisure can be interpreted in various ways. Usually the same kinds of activities are considered as leisure activities (walking, biking, swimming, sunbathing), but social and cultural connotations may vary. In Scandinavian countries for example, leisure is closely related to outdoor living. A day trip during the weekend can be considered as leisure, and so is shopping or a little stroll in the daily environment. The importance of urban environments, urban fringes and rural areas for leisure is related to this wide definition of leisure.

In my opinion, the true definition of leisure is spending time, doing what you want to do by escaping your hectic life if only for a little while. I followed with my camera into the daily life of Swedes, focusing on how they spend their free time and what the trends are. I chiefly aimed to depict the Swedish behaviours during moments of recreation. I tried to explore how they experience the place, how they perceive action and how they relate to people surrounding them.



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