Leisure and cultural complexity

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 45 Published In Pages: 59-81
By Chick, Garry, Shen, Xiangyou Sharon


There is disagreement between existing theories on the relationship between leisure time and cultural complexity. This study tests Chick's (1986) hypothesis that simple and complex societies have more free time than those of moderate complexity. The relationship between cultural complexity and the economic productivity of children is also examined.


Authors mention the lack of industrial societies and the presence of colonial-era data as limitations to their sample.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Probability Sample Files (PSF)Researchers Own
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Other ResearchersOverlap between SCCS and PSF
OtherResearchers OwnCross-Cultural Series in Time Allocation

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