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Stebbins, Robert A. 1938-

Works: 115 works in 552 publications in 2 languages and 20,300 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Opponent, htt, Author of introduction
Classifications: H62, 300.72
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert A Stebbins
A dictionary of nonprofit terms and concepts by David Horton Smith( )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This reference work presents clear, consistent, and carefully cross-referenced definitions for more than 1,200 terms and concepts that have been found useful in past research and theory on the nonprofit sector. The entries reflect the importance of associations, volunteering, citizen participation, philanthropy, voluntary action, nonprofit management, volunteer administration, leisure, and political activities of nonprofits. They also reflect a concern for the wider range of useful general concepts in theory and research that bear on the nonprofit sector and its manifestations in the United States and elsewhere."--Jacket
Amateurs, professionals, and serious leisure by Robert A Stebbins( )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The barbershop singer : inside the social world of a musical hobby by Robert A Stebbins( )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and held by 1,680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barbership singing is often dismissed by its critics as merely an enjoyable hobby. Though long popular with both its public and participants, it has been relatively neglected in the field of music studies. Robert A. Stebbins demonstrates that barbershop singing is an elaborate and complicated form of serious leisure that provides its participants with distinctive lifestyles. The Barbershop Singer is a unique case study of this significant musical genre, describing the social world of the barbershop singer and exploring its appeal for both male and female singers. Robert Stebbins traces the history of barbershop singing and compares and contrasts the worlds of jazz, classical music, and barbershop as serious leisure pursuits. Stebbins also reveals its costs and rewards, its complex organizational structures, the social marginality felt by its more dedicated participants, and the main problems facing the art today.Although barbershop singing is clearly a circumscribed social world, understanding how it works expands current knowledge of the variant forms of social participation available to citizens of the modern world. The Barbershop Singer will be of interest to sociologists as well as those involved in the world of barbershop
The laugh-makers : stand-up comedy as art, business, and life-style by Robert A Stebbins( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stebbins begins with a history of stand-up comedy, giving vital background about the industry as it emerged and flourished in the United States and subsequently developed into a popular form of entertainment in Canada. He deals with the nature of comic performance in comedy rooms - cabarets designed specifically for stand-up comedy - and examines the career of the comic: how people become interested in comedy, how they progress as amateurs, how they survive on the road and how, sometimes, they become headliners and later writers for film and television. He also discusses the business of comedy: booking agents, comedy chains such as Yuk-Yuk's, room managers, and the comics themselves as entrepreneurs. As the first comprehensive study of a growing phenomenon, The Laugh-Makers will interest sociologists of humour and sociologists of occupations and will contribute to our understanding of Canadian popular culture."--Pub. desc
Serious leisure and individuality by Elie Cohen-Gewerc( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be an individual and how can an individual exist within society? Serious Leisure and Individuality examines the circumstances in the modern world that make for individual distinctiveness, and the role of these conditions in personal and social life. The individual, said Friedrich Nietzsche, has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Elie Cohen-Gewerc and Robert Stebbins explore the road to finding that privilege. They approach individuality by examining its relationship to freedom and being free, and by defining and elaborating on the concept of leisure space. They also look at individuality's place in community, citizenship, and globalization. The complex relationship between individuality and alienation is put under the microscope to highlight the negative side of being distinctive, which has adverse consequences for the individual and society. There are many studies on the modern individual that centre almost entirely on the person facing his local community and broader society. What is missing in the literature - and what Serious Leisure and Individuality provides - is a broad, comprehensive examination of individuality, particularly as it is rooted in leisure and the leisure-like areas of work
Volunteering as leisure/leisure as volunteering : an international assessment by Robert A Stebbins( )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines critical aspects of contemporary volunteerism, from the perspective of a variety of volunteering contexts. It will appeal to academic researchers and students in disciplines such as leisure, recreation, tourism, management and sociology as well as practitioners in the voluntary sector (including volunteers), National and Local Government and those organizing special events that depend on voluntary support."--Jacket
The connoisseur's New Orleans by Robert A Stebbins( )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commitment to deviance; the non-professional criminal in the community by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1976 in English and Slovenian and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiencing fieldwork : an inside view of qualitative research by William Shaffir( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do you gain entry into a research setting? What tricks are there to learning the rules of the community without alienating the people you came to study? How are good relations maintained with informants? What happens after you leave the field? In Experiencing Fieldwork top ethnographers address these and other questions, bring fieldwork alive for the reader and provide invaluable advice for those entering the field
The committed reader : reading for utility, pleasure, and fulfillment in the Twenty-First century by Robert A Stebbins( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of committed reading, an activity animated by three main motives: utilitarian, pleasurable, and self-fulfilling. They are examined within the frameworks of library and information science and the serious leisure perspective as manifested across life's domains of work, leisure, and non-work obligation
From humility to hubris among scholars and politicians : exploring expressions of self-esteem and achievement by Robert A Stebbins( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achievement meritorious enough to generate discussion covers considerable territory. This book concentrates on one part of it: that inhabited by scholars and politicians. In their world self-esteem flowing from achievement is founded on expertise related to ideas, their generation, and their implementation
Exploratory research in the social sciences by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Guided by the precept that to understand any phenomenon well, it is necessary to start by looking at it in broad, nonspecialized terms, Robert A Stebbins takes the reader through the process of exploratory research in an easy-to-read style providing the student or researcher with a complete reference for carrying out this type of research."--Publisher's website
Personal decisions in the public square : beyond problem solving into a positive sociology by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how, when and why people pursue those things in life that they desire, the things they do to make their existence attractive and worth living. Stebbins calls this 'Positive Sociology'
The Sociology of deviance( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fieldwork experience : qualitative approaches to social research by William Shaffir( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serious leisure : a perspective for our time by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a view and analysis of the current state of the sociology of leisure. Defining and differentiating the way people us etheir free time, the author devides such activity into categories of serious, casual, and project-based leisure that he futher seperates into a variety of types and subtypes
Between work & leisure : the common ground of two separate worlds by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The heart of the book uses research findings on leisure to develop a critique of the "workaholic" model. Stebbins shows instead that deeply felt worker enthusiasm is devoid of addictive or coerced behavior. Stebbins also explores the role of money. How important is it? What happens when money becomes a major if not dominant value, as has happened, for example, in the realm of professional sports? Finally, he examines the social implications of the compatibility of work and serious leisure, using exploratory research to identify their shared motivational factors." "Between Work and Leisure aims to debunk the prevailing myth that work and leisure are wholly separate and, often as not, mutually antagonistic spheres of life. Stebbins shows that a close relationship between leisure and work offers the opportunity for people to find joy in work just as they do in leisure. This volume will be of interest to those interested in work and occupations, as well as those interested in the quality of their own lives."--Jacket
The interrelationship of leisure and play : play as leisure, leisure as play by Robert A Stebbins( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the scientific studies of play and leisure there has been an unfortunate tendency for the enthusiasts of one to ignore the contributions made by their colleagues in the other. This book shows what the two fields have been missing because of this isolation. The new idea of augmentative play enables us to examine how and where play and leisure are often vitally dependent on each other. Augmentative play is a special activity that aids substantially the pursuit of a larger, encompassing leisure activity. This approach to the study of play is unique. It recognizes the hundreds of activities in which play and leisure come together, sometimes to produce deeply fulfilling experiences and outcomes for participants, other times to produce more fleeting enjoyment for them"--
Amateurs : on the margin between work and leisure by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leisure and consumption : common ground/separate worlds by Robert A Stebbins( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of consumption has never seriously examined the role of leisure. This ambitious, agenda-setting study, provides the most in-depth examination of the relationship between the two to date, drawing on the serious leisure perspective and outlining a new conceptual framework for analyzing consumption for leisure
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The connoisseur's New Orleans
The barbershop singer : inside the social world of a musical hobbyVolunteering as leisure/leisure as volunteering : an international assessmentThe connoisseur's New OrleansExperiencing fieldwork : an inside view of qualitative researchExploratory research in the social sciencesPersonal decisions in the public square : beyond problem solving into a positive sociologySerious leisure : a perspective for our timeBetween work & leisure : the common ground of two separate worldsLeisure and consumption : common ground/separate worlds
Alternative Names
Stebbins, R. A.

Stebbins, R. A.‏ 1938-

Stebbins, Robert

Stebbins, Robert‏ 1938-

Stebbins, Robert A.

Stebbins, Robert Alan.

Stebbins, Robert Alan 1938-

스테빈스, 로버트 1938-

스테빈스, 로버트 A. 1938-