The March of Spare Time: The Problem and Promise of Leisure in the Great Depression

The March of Spare Time: The Problem and Promise of Leisure in the Great Depression

Susan Currell


In The March of Spare Time, Susan Currell explores how and why rest grew to become an item of such severe curiosity, crisis, and surveillance throughout the nice melancholy. As american citizens skilled checklist excessive degrees of unemployment, rest was once inspiration through reformers, coverage makers, social scientists, physicians, exertions unions, or even artists to be either a explanation for and an answer to society's so much entrenched ills. Of the entire difficulties that confronted the United States within the Thirties, purely relaxation appeared to supply a panacea for the rest.

The challenge founded on divided evaluations over what constituted right as opposed to fallacious use of relaxation time. at the one hand, sociologists and reformers excoriated as incorrect such relaxation actions as playing, loafing, and consuming. at the different, the Works development management and the newly professionalized game specialists promoted right rest actions akin to analyzing, activities, and humanities and crafts. Such awareness gave upward push to new principles approximately how american citizens should still spend their unfastened time to raised themselves and their nation.

These principles have been propagated in social technology guides and proliferated into the broader cultural sphere. motion pictures, fiction, and radio additionally engaged with new principles approximately rest, extra widely than has formerly been famous. In reading this large spectrum of opinion, Currell bargains the 1st full-scale account of the fears and hopes surrounding rest within the Thirties, person who should be a major addition to the cultural background of the period.

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