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Cultural voraciousness − A new measure of the pace of leisure in a context of 'harriedness'

Author(s): Oriel Sullivan

Journal: Electronic International Journal of Time Use Research
ISSN 1860-9937

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Time pressure | harriedness | leisure | busyness | time-use diaries | cultural omnivorousness

A new measure of 'voraciousness' in leisure activities is introduced as an indicator of the pace of leisure, facili-tating a theoretical linkage between the literature on time pressure, busyness and harriedness in late modernity, and the literature on cultural consumption. On the methodological side it is shown that time use diaries can pro-vide at least as good a measure of the pace of leisure as survey based measures. Respondents with a high score on the voraciousness measure ('harried' respondents) are not less likely to complete their diaries than less harried respondents. In accord with the findings from the literature on cultural omnivorousness, the most voracious groups are those with high levels of social status and human capital. However, these associations are not due to these groups having either higher income or greater quantities of available leisure time. The pace of leisure ac-tivities must therefore be due to other factors, for example, could a fast pace of out-of-home leisure participation be conceived of as a new marker of status distinction?

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