ERIC Number: ED221435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Leisure Time Use in the South: A Secondary Analysis.
Reed, John Shelton; Marsden, Peter V.
The study examined participation in arts-related activities, compared to other leisure activities; demand for greater participation; and the nature of barriers to increased participation in the American South. Data analyzed came from two sources: (1) from three previously conducted Harris polls which during the 1970's had surveyed a total sample of 5985 persons from all parts of the United States; and (2) from a survey of approximately 2300 Southerners conducted in 1978 by the Human Resources Research Organization specifically for this project. Findings include the following. It appears that there are regional differences in nearly all sorts of organized leisure activity, including art-related activity. Southerners are less likely than non-Southerners to engage in most of the activities examined. The analysis suggests that differences in participation do not reflect the fact that Southerners face greater barriers. Indeed, the data suggest that they face fewer barriers, and that removing barriers to participation might well accentuate existing regional differences. Nonwhites and women are much more likely than whites and men to indicate that there are arts-related activities they would like to engage in, but do not. Present participation in some activity and demand for additional participation are almost always positively associated. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Inst. for Research in Social Science.