By Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking booklet, available yet scholarly, by means of African activists. It uses research, lifestyles tales, and inventive expression—including essays, case experiences, poetry, information clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, brief movie scripts, and photographs—to research dominant and deviant sexualities and examine the intersections among intercourse, energy, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens an area, quite for children, to contemplate African sexualities in numerous methods.
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Like the Boy Scouts in Mechling’s study, people should embrace leisure that reﬂects values that originate in their work and avoid activities that contradict those beliefs. This book is about the ways that they do. However, leisure’s role as a relief from work frequently obscures this deeper meaning and creates the false dichotomy that has dominated the scholarly discussion of the work-leisure relationship for seventy years. Stressing the relief aspects of leisure, one school argues that leisure compensates people for desired qualities missing from work.
Although the United States lagged behind other industrial nations in the pace of workweek reductions, typical industrial workers had eight hours more free time per week in 1920 than they did in 1900. 37 The broadening of leisure options was accompanied by a narrowing in the deﬁnition of “hobby,” which increasingly took on the modern meaning of a productive pastime. Most commonly, collecting was considered a hobby, although handicrafts, gardening, animal raising, and music were also frequently mentioned.
Many of them were professional woodworkers whose factory jobs deprived them of the opportunity to complete an entire piece, but at their work benches, free of the time clock, they could choose their own projects and work unsupervised from beginning to end. ”36 If a hobby is a job you want to do, then it would seem natural for hobbyists to dream about turning their pastimes into their jobs. The long tradition of Occupations for Free Time 35 published advice on how people can transform their avocations into vocations is explored in some detail later in the book.
African Sexualities: A Reader by Sylvia Tamale