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1st Edition

By Tony Blackshaw


174 pages

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Paperback: 9780415430272
pub: 2010-02-12
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No single introductory book has until now captured the range of thought appropriate for scrutinizing the idea of leisure. Beginning with a discussion of expressions in classical thought, etymological definitions and key leisure studies concepts, Blackshaw suggests that the idea abounds with ambivalence, which is unlikely ever to be resolved.

After analyzing the rise and fall of modern leisure patterns, the emphasis shifts from the historical to the sociological and the author identifies and critically discusses the key modernist and postmodernist perspectives. Drawing on the idea that leisure studies is a ‘language game’, Tony Blackshaw subsequently offers his own original theory of liquid leisure which asks some key questions about the present and the future of leisure in people’s lives, as well as what implications it has for individuals’ abilities to embrace the opportunity for an authentic existence that is both magical and moral.

Leisure is an essential purchase for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and academics in the fields of Sociology of Leisure, Sports and Leisure Studies, and Popular Culture.


"an interesting take on the subject"

J. Cheng, Southern Connecticut State Univerity, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. The Idea of Leisure 2. The Uses of Leisure 3. The Antecedents of Modern Leisure 4. Analyzing Leisure as a Social Phenomenon 5. Leisure in the Postmodern Imagination 6. Leisure and Consumption: McDonaldization or IKEAization? 7. The Ambivalence of Leisure

About the Author

Tony Blackshaw teaches Social and Cultural Studies in Sport and Leisure at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the author of numerous articles and books on leisure including, The Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies (2009) and Leisure Life: Myth, Masculinity and Modernity (2003).

About the Series

Key Ideas

This popular series covers the main concepts, issues, debates and controversies in sociology and the social sciences. The books are concise and informative yet lively. Written by leading authorities in the field, they give students access to 'new sociology' in manageable form.

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Subject Categories

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