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  1. I confess that my truck bears a bumper sticker in this genre: Born to ride, forced to go to school.

  2. J.M Barbelet (1999), for example, in his essay on boredom and social meaning, tries to read gambling and social conflict as attempts to introduce meaning into one’s life.

  3. This was Elijah Milgram’s (2004) assumption about what boredom would motivate those bored with their final ends to do.

  4. Barbelet usefully describes boredom as ‘a feeling of not being involved in or engaged by events or activities’ (1999, p. 634).


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Calhoun, C. Living with Boredom. SOPHIA 50, 269–279 (2011).

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  • Boredom
  • Valuing
  • Emotion
  • Normative constraint
  • Leisure
  • Final ends