Leisure Studies: Themes and Perspectives

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SAGE Publications, Nov 25, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 325 pages
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What is the place of leisure in societies where people complain of 'over-work'? How do personal freedom and choice relate to the inequalities of class, gender, disability and ethnicity?

 

This critical introduction to the field offers a systematic account of the meaning and structure of leisure today.

 

The book:

 

* situates the student in the field

* provides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches to leisure

* explores the influence of class, race, gender, ethnicity, disability and age

* discusses to role of the sate

* examines leisure in the context of changing work relationships

* locates leisure in the debate around globalization

 

In short, this is an indispensable, one-stop guide to understanding leisure.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 WHAT IS THE LEISURE EXPERIENCE?
3
2 SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL APPROACHES TO LEISURE
31
3 PARTICIPATION AND CONSTRAINT CLASS AND GENDER
55
4 PARTICIPATION AND CONSTRAINT ETHNICITY DISABILITY AND AGE
86
5 THE EMERGENCE OF AN INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR LEISURE
118
6 THE UKS CONTEMPORARY INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR LEISURE
148
7 THE LOCAL STATE AND LEISURE PROVISION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
177
8 WORK AND LEISURE POSTFORDISM AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF WORK
201
9 WORK AND LEISURE THE LEISURE SOCIETY UNEMPLOYMENT AND POSTWORK
228
10 GLOBALISATION AND LEISURE THE CONSUMER SOCIETY
260
11 GLOBALISATION AND LEISURE MCDISNEYISATION AND POSTTOURISM
292
CONCLUSION
321
INDEX
323
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Shaun Best is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester, and author of Understanding Social Divisions, (2005) and A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory (2003, both SAGE).

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