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Capitalism and Leisure Theory (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Chris Rojek


208 pages

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First published in 1985, this title explores theories of leisure in a capitalist society. Basing his argument on a refutation of the conventional association of leisure with freedom and free time, Chris Rojek examines the four main structural characteristics of modern leisure practice: privatisation, individuation, commercialisation and pacification. The writings of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Freud are used to locate the question of leisure in more mainstream social theory. This interesting reissue will be of particular value to students of sociology and leisure studies, and those with an interest in the relationship between leisure and power.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: Leisure without Society?; Part I: Leisure Today and the Submerged Tradition in Leisure Theory 1. The Structural Characteristics of Modern Leisure Practice 2. Leisure and Social Intervention: Marx and Durkheim 3. Laissez-Faire Leisure: Weber and Freud; Part II: Leisure Theory and Multi-Paradigmatic Rivalry 4. Social formalism and leisure 5. Neo-Marxist Approaches to Leisure 6. Leisure, Signification, and Power: Barthes and Foucault 7. Leisure and Figurational Sociology 8. The Sociology of Pleasure; Notes; References; Name Index; Subject Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General