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Название: Hedonizing Technologies: Paths to Pleasure in Hobbies and Leisure (Gender Relations in the American Experience)
Автор: Maines R.
Rachel P. Maines’s latest work examines the rise of hobbies and leisure activities in Western culture from antiquity to the present day. As technologies are "hedonized," consumers find increasing pleasure in the hobbies’ associated tools, methods, and instructional literature.
Work once essential to survival and comfort—gardening, hunting, cooking, needlework, home mechanics, and brewing—have gradually evolved into hobbies and recreational activities. As a result, the technologies associated with these pursuits have become less efficient but more appealing to the new class of leisure artisans.
Maines interprets the growth and economic significance of hobbies in ter