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The Institutionalization of Leisure Activities in Natural Areas. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Location

  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2215/2216

Description

The guest speaker from France discusses the process of institutionalizing outdoor activities in France, i.e., the process of transforming natural areas into leisure parks open to the public. Using Max Weber's three types of legitimate rule — legal, traditional and charismatic authority - Charlotte Birks uses research from her current doctoral thesis to briefly illustrate  how local officials, an international corporation, and an aristocratic family plan attractions, legitimize outdoor activities, and manage the flow of visitors. The concept of “six orders of worth” (market, civic, inspired, fame, industrial and domestic) developed by the sociologists L. Boltanski and L. Thévenot helps to better understand how these land-holders, managers and their staff justify their particular selection of leisure activities in each park.

Reception to follow until 5:00

Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost. 

Contact

Jeffrey Rothstein, Department of Sociology, rothstej@gvsu.edu

Laurel Westbrook, Department of Sociology, westbrol@gvsu.edu

Hermann Kurthen, Department of Sociology, kurthenh@gvsu.edu

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