Politics and Leisure: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Politics and Leisure

1st Edition

By John Wilson


204 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780367110888
pub: 2019-05-08
SAVE ~$26.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429024771
pub: 2019-04-25
from $20.00

FREE Standard Shipping!


First published in 1988. This book provides a lucid and exceptionally well-informed account at the controversial relationship between politics and leisure.

The author combines historical and sociological material to show the ways in which ‘leisure’ has often been a fiercely disputed battleground. Free time and free space have always posed a threat to political authorities, while providing room for experimentation and expression for the citizenry. This has led to extensive attempts at leisure regulation; John Wilson examines the purposes and effectiveness of such regulation in the fields of games sexuality, the mass media, and gambling. He is able to draw on evidence of leisure planning and policy from a wide variety of political regimes, from communist and socialist through social democrat to liberal, conservative, and fascist.

The importance of the relationship between political forces and leisure, in subjects as disparate as the future of the Olympic games and the future of full employment, has rarely been so evident. John Wilson has provided an excellent guide to its intricacies.

Table of Contents

1. Politics of Leisure 2. The Control of Leisure 3. Resistance 4. Leisure in the Liberal State: The United States 5. Leisure in the Welfare State: The United Kingdom 6. Leisure in Totalitarian Regimes 7. Leisure and Nationalism 8. Conclusions: The Future of Politics and Leisure; References; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Leisure Studies

This set of 12 volumes, originally published between 1938 and 2001, brings together research on Leisure Studies, including works on young people and leisure, the family, and political influence on the leisure industry. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and leisure.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

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