Personal Decisions in the Public Square: Beyond Problem Solving into a Positive Sociology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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"This book looks into how, why, and when people pursue those things in life that they desire, the things they do to make their existence attractive and worth living. Robert A. Stebbins calls this "Positive Sociology;' the study of what people do to organize their lives such that they become substantially rewarding, satisfying, and fulfilling. For most people in Western society, there is much more to life than eliminating or adequately controlling crime, drug addiction, urban pollution, daily stress, domestic violence, and overpopulation. Significant levels of success in these areas bring a noticeable measure of tranquility to people substantially affected by them, but they do not, in themselves, generate positiveness in daily life."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Three Domains of Activityp. 1
A History of Work, Leisure, and Obligationp. 29
Balancing Work, Leisure, and Obligationp. 45
Personal Developmentp. 67
The Confident Selfp. 87
Community Involvementp. 101
What Really Counts?p. 125
Referencesp. 149
Indexp. 157
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