Discussion cultural influences on work and leisure time

Discussion:cultural influences on work and leisure time


Discussion:Cultural influences on work and leisure time

Theimpact of culture on work and leisure time is explained throughmyriad ideologies. The theory of play, by Johan Huizinga, expounds onthe concept of play and its significance in the human lives.According to Huizinga, play and culture are two correlatedparameters[ CITATION Hui16 l 1033 ].Nevertheless, the theory emphasizes on the fact that the concept ofplay should not be circumscribed within exact conceptual confines[ CITATION Med16 l 1033 ].He stipulates that culture is maintained and preserved through play,and progression in play results in changes in culture. Inventiveenterprises are structured because of their competitive nature,making play more elaborate. Huizinga asserts that play is formalizedwhile rules are instituted thus play changes in a normative role[ CITATION Hui16 l 1033 ].On the other hand, the play society is the instrument through whichthe play shifts in culture.

Huizinga’splay theory defines play as an activity that is shared by the playersand who recognize the activity to be enjoyable. The collaboration ofpeople in the play signifies that individuals ought to stay withinthe confines of moral arrangements of the rules and observe themotherwise, the play is spoiled[ CITATION Tor12 l 1033 ].Huizinga denotes that civilization has played a significant role inweakening play alluding to the fact that civilization has developedto be complex. Civilization did not emanate from play, but the playhas manifested itself in many facets of civilization. For instance,rituals and poetry grew and flourished in play, and even art wasentirely a play. As civilization grew more complex, variegated, andoverladen, the old ideas weregradually overpowered by the new systems of thought and regulations[ CITATION Hui16 l 1033 ].Asa result, the new doctrines, moralities, and ideas have all lost asense of play.


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