New Book Release by Robert A. Stebbins

Occupational Devotion: Finding Satisfaction and Fulfillment at Work

By Robert Stebbins


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Book Summary : The idea of occupational devotion, or devotee work, was conceptualized and incorporated in the serious leisure perspective as one of the two serious pursuits. The other pursuit is serious leisure itself, with both forms being anchored in activities that are immensely appealing and fulfilling. Despite such desirable qualities the serious pursuits constitute a minority of all work and leisure, these two domains being dominated by disagreeable work and hedonic casual leisure activities.

The devotee occupations serve as full-time or part-time livelihoods for people fortunate enough to have found them. Such work has so far been observed to exist in four sectors of the economy: the liberal professions, consulting occupations, craft-like trades, and creativity-based small businesses. In ways set out in this book, devotee work roots in serious leisure, even while many participants in the latter have no desire to pursue the former.

Advance Praise for “Occupational Devotion: Finding Satisfaction and Fulfillment at Work”

“For almost half a century, Professor Robert Stebbins has led the way in terms of helping other people define and determine the boundaries of their systematic pursuit of leisure. Having found ourselves in the midst of a life-changing global pandemic, this insightful and thought-provoking addition to the existing knowledge base could not have come at a more opportune moment in time. This represents a must-read for those who have found themselves questioning their why.” —Dr. Richard Keith Wright, School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

“This book will make a worthwhile contribution to the discipline of leisure studies, where the literature on this specific topic of occupational devotion remains relatively less developed.  In my estimation, this book is poised to provide novel insights into the nature of occupational devotion, which advances serious leisure theory.” —Dr. Rodney Lim Thiam Hock, Lecturer in Marketing and E-Commerce, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

About the Author: Robert Stebbins is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. He received his PhD in 1964 from the University of Minnesota. Most of his research and writing has centered on work and leisure. Stebbins is author or editor of 60 books and monographs as well as over 275 articles and chapters in several areas of social science. He has published The Serious Leisure Perspective: A Synthesis, (2020) and Careers in Serious Leisure: From Dabbler to Devotee in Search of Fulfillment (2014). Stebbins is an Elected Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (1996), the Royal Society of Canada (1999), and the World Leisure Academy (2010).

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