Time and Leisure in the Elaboration of Culture

  title={Time and Leisure in the Elaboration of Culture},
  author={Peter Just},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={105 - 115}
  • P. Just
  • Published 1 April 1980
  • Economics
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
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