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dc.contributor.authorZeestraten, Jettieen
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-15T23:48:50Z
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/833
dc.description.abstractAs the pace of life in contemporary Western society accelerates, an increasing number of people are engaging in an alternative lifestyle: ‘Slow Living’. Although popular in the media, Slow Living, which addresses issues of quality of life, is a relatively new area of academic enquiry. Given a lack of empirical research, especially on the realities of the Slow Life in a New Zealand context, this ethnographic study aims to augment the knowledge on this lifestyle by focusing on how families experience Slow Living. The key research question is: How do families live their interpretations of a Slow Life? To answer this question, this study examined the everyday lives of five Slow Living families in Canterbury, New Zealand. Adult family members were given a time-use diary to complete over two days. These diaries were then used as a foundation for in-depth interviews and participant observation. Slow Living families hold to a number of personal values, such as personal agency, conscious living and leading meaningful lives. These comprise their ideal way of living. The families are also faced with a number of challenges and have to employ strategies to balance their ideal and what is possible. The different ways families adapt produces a variety of Slow Living lifestyles.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.subjectSlow Livingen
dc.subjectlifestylesen
dc.subjectquality of lifeen
dc.subjecttime-useen
dc.subjectfamiliesen
dc.subjectethnographyen
dc.subjectpersonal agencyen
dc.subjectconscious livingen
dc.subjectmeaningful livingen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.subjectMaslow's Hierarchy of Needsen
dc.subjectpace of lifeen
dc.subjectCanterburyen
dc.subjectvaluesen
dc.subjectchallengesen
dc.subjectstrategiesen
dc.subjectpracticesen
dc.titleStrolling to the beat of another drum : living the 'Slow Life'en
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen
dc.subject.marsdenFields of Research::220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-Generalen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Environment, Society and Designen
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden


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