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recreation

(rĕk-rē-ā′shŭn)
Participation in any endeavor that is entertaining, relaxing, or refreshing. Recreational activities may be personal or private (e.g., reading, painting), social (e.g., team sports or dance), physical (e.g., hunting), or mental (e.g., meditating or praying); they may be active or passive. Many recreational activities combine more than one of these elements.
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In this paper, we interpret the differences between recreational therapy (RT) and therapeutic recreation (TR) in similar fashion.
You Say "Recreational Therapy" and We Say "Therapeutic Recreation"
Recreations: Folk music, watching Middlesbrough FC lose, seeking the "Moon under Water".
Recreations: Middlesbrough FC, family, cookery (oriental especially), painting and decorating, running.
Golby and Purdue, then as now lecturers in history at the Open University, contest the hegemony of the marxist view in turning first to recreations of the people before the advent of industry.
This paper addresses three common claims about the modernization of leisure, that: (1) organized pastimes replaced informal and spontaneous recreation; (2) commercial entertainment, especially spectacles such as movies and professional sports, replaced self-generated and active leisure; and (3) private diversions replaced collective recreation.
Generally, applications of the sociological model of "mass society" imply an increasing regimentation and top-down direction to social activities.(3) Second, many analysts describe a "commodification" of leisure: the ascendancy of commercial recreation, such as vaudeville, movies, and professional sports over free pastimes, and indulgence in blatant consumerism, such as department-store shopping, over more "authentic" pursuits.