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Lecture 3

Lecture 3 - Places of Leisure and Consumption

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Geography 2410A/B
Jeff Hopkins

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Geography 2410B January 21, 2014 Lecture 3 Places of Leisure & Consumption 1. Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 2. Consumption & Consumer Spatial Behaviour 3. Retail Place Design Leisure, Recreation & Tourism Leisure • The time available to an individual when work, sleep and other basic needs have been met • Example: free time  play time • Varies demographically • Most leisure time is held by: very young, wealthy, retired, unemployed • Not spread out evenly throughout society • Some Canadians have little leisure time o Subjective to which cohort is the busiest • Varies over space o British have more leisure time than Canadians (textbook) o Russia has 40 versus 26 in Canada • Varies over time th o Amount increased over 20 century o Example: 1900 average work week in manufacturing 53 hours o Example: 1999 average work week in manufacturing 42 hours (USA) • Some challenge contention leisure time increased over 20 century • Leisure time in 2005 = 1900 (USA)? • Depends upon definition of ‘leisure time’ o Example: more people pursue education during ‘free’time Recreation • Activities willingly performed after discharging of employment duties and social obligations • What one willingly does during leisure time • Subjective attitude Tourism • Temporary movement to destinations outside normal home and work place, the activities undertaken during the stay, and the facilities created to cater to their needs • Overnight stay RecreationActivity Continuum Geography 2410B January 21, 2014 Lecture 3 Geographical Range Geographical Sites of ‘Leisure Places’ • Primary Site – Inside Home (Port-o-Backyard-o) • Secondary Sites – Outside Home • Tertiary Sites:Away from Home • *Time and Dsitance Increase Determinants of Activities • Largely a function of class” o Age o Income o Education • With rise of leisure time, the rise of recreation and tourism industries: o Entertainment o Sports (watching, participating) o Tourism o Shopping • Consume places, materials and services for fun, enjoyment, amusement • Leisure as a form of ‘consumption’ Consumption & Consumer Spatial Behaviour Consumption • Process of consuming Consumer Culture • Thoughts, values, beliefs, actions that produce and re-produce the excessive consumption of material goods and services Commodification • The objectification of virtually any thing as a commodity for the purpose of exchange in the market place • Example: labour, images, sounds, experiences  tourism Tourism Sector of Canada • Large part of Canada; major industry • Transportation • Accommodation • Food and beverage services • Other tourism industries o Example: recreati
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