Non-Work Obligations: On the Delicate Art of Dealing with Disagreeableness

Robert A. Stebbins
University of Calgary, Canada

Product Details
11 Jan 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
92 pages - 152 x 229mm
Emerald Points
The world of non-work obligations - defined as disagreeable activities that are neither work nor leisure - is a territory of social life that has largely been ignored by scholars of work and leisure alike. The exception to this rule is Robert A. Stebbins, who over the years has written extensively on the significance of non-work obligations and the mundane and often disagreeable tasks that we are all compelled to face in our daily lives.

In this new book, Stebbins brings together years of writing and research on this topic to forcefully argue that the current research interest in work-life balance can no longer afford to ignore the effects that non-work obligation has on it. He contends that, whether we like it or not, non-work obligations bear heavily on both our work and leisure. Having to deal with disagreeable tasks and objectionable people on a daily basis, without the support of any outside agency, can seriously undermine our well-being, and it is only through recourse to voluntary simplicity that we can hope to limit the harmful impact of non-work obligations. 

Written both as a guide to happy living and as a powerful rejoinder to conventional orthodoxy in the fields of leisure and work studies, the book is essential reading for both the general reader and scholars of leisure, consumer, work and happiness studies.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Non-work obligations
Chapter 3. Personal Meaning of Non-Work Obligations
Chapter 4. Non-Work Obligation across the Years
Chapter 5. Social World and Culture of Obligations
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Robert A. Stebbins is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada. A specialist in the study of leisure, he has written over 250 articles and chapters, and has authored and edited more than 50 books, including Serious Leisure (2007), Between Work and Leisure (2004), Social Worlds and the Leisure Experience (Emerald, 2018) and The Serious Leisure Perspective: A Synthesis (2020).
"...a smart and concise guide to living written by an author whose trenchant insights into leisure, culture and everyday life are as relevant today as they have ever been." - Tony Blackshaw, Professor of Leisure Studies and Sociology,Sheffield Hallam University

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