Routledge Critical Leisure Studies

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The modern world is one that holds an intense fascination with the activities we place under the heading ‘leisure’. Rather than simply being the opposite of ‘work’, ‘leisure’ today can be seen as a form of social and cultural life in which ‘work’ and ‘leisure’ intersect and mutually inform one another.

This series is a forum for agenda-setting research that examines our contemporary world of leisure. It places a strong emphasis not only on mapping current developments in individual and collective leisure activities, but also on challenging our understanding of these from different perspectives. Providing detailed empirical and theoretical accounts, this series explores the critical issues that underpin people’s leisure lives at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

While this series is devoted to leisure, many of its books touch on other subject fields, contributing to interdisciplinary studies and appealing to readers from across the social sciences and the humanities.

  • Philosophy of Leisure: Foundations of the good life book cover

    Philosophy of Leisure

    Foundations of the good life, 1st Edition

    By Johan Bouwer, Marco van Leeuwen

    What is leisure? How does leisure relate to leading a good life? This critical and intelligent study interrogates the basic principles of leisure and demonstrates the continuing relevance of these questions for our society today. It not only explores the traditional philosophical concepts at the…

    Paperback – 2018-09-10
    Routledge Critical Leisure Studies

  • Whatever Happened to the Leisure Society? book cover

    Whatever Happened to the Leisure Society?

    1st Edition

    By A. J. Veal

    The idea of a ‘leisure society’ was in its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, when it was predicted that the pattern of falling working hours which had been experienced in Western societies in the first half of the twentieth century would continue indefinitely. The leisure society has clearly not been…

    Hardback – 2018-09-05
    Routledge Critical Leisure Studies

  • Feminisms in Leisure Studies: Advancing a Fourth Wave book cover

    Feminisms in Leisure Studies

    Advancing a Fourth Wave, 1st Edition

    Edited by Diana Parry

    Feminisms in Leisure Studies acknowledges and advances the contribution of feminist theories to leisure knowledge and research. Building upon the strong history of feminist leisure scholarship, the book reviews key feminist theories and offers an overview of a fourth wave of feminism and its…

    Hardback – 2018-08-02
    Routledge Critical Leisure Studies

  • Re-Imagining Leisure Studies book cover

    Re-Imagining Leisure Studies

    1st Edition

    By Tony Blackshaw

    In this provocative new book, Tony Blackshaw argues that Leisure Studies is in a quiet but deep state of crisis. The twenty-first century has brought profound change to all aspects of society, including a plurality of new leisure worlds, and traditional concepts of Leisure Studies fail to capture…

    Paperback – 2018-02-13
    Routledge Critical Leisure Studies