This landmark publication brings together some of the most perceptive commentators of the present moment to explore core ideas and cutting edge developments in the field of Leisure Studies. It offers important new insights into the dynamics of the transformation of leisure in contemporary societies, tracing the emergent issues at stake in the discipline and examining Leisure Studies’ fundamental connections with cognate disciplines such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, History, Sport Studies and Tourism.
This book contains original work from key scholars across the globe, including those working outside the Leisure Studies mainstream. It showcases the state of the art of contemporary Leisure Studies, covering key topics and key thinkers from the psychology of leisure to leisure policy, from Bourdieu to Baudrillard, and suggests that leisure in the 21st century should be understood as centring on a new ‘Big Seven’ (holidays, drink, drugs, sex, gambling, TV and shopping). No other book has gone as far in redefining the identity of the discipline of Leisure Studies, or in suggesting how the substantive ideas of Leisure Studies need to be rethought. The Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies should therefore be the intellectual guide of first choice for all scholars, academics, researchers and students working in this subject area.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Tony Blackshaw Part 1: Key Disciplines 1. Philosophy of Leisure - Alexander Sager 2. The Making of Modern Leisure: the British Experience from c1850-c 1960 - Dave Russell 3. Feminist Leisure Studies: Origins, Accomplishments and Prospects - Karla A. Henderson 4. Psychology of Leisure - Roger C. Mannell and Douglas Kleiber 5. Economics of Leisure - Chris Gratton 6. Leisure Management: Moving with the Times - Peter Taylor 7. Leisure Policy: the Example of Sport - Matthew Nicholson and Bob Stewart 8. Research Positions, Postures and Practices in Leisure Studies - Jonathan Long Part 2: Key Thinkers 9. Theodor W. Adorno, the Culture Industry and Leisure - Simon Mussell 10. The Leisure Class: From Veblen to Linder to MacCannell - David Scott 11. Norbert Elias and Leisure Studies - Dominic Malcolm, Louise Mansfield and Jason Hughes 12. Michel Foucault and Leisure - Toby Miller 13. Leisure at the End of Modernity: Jürgen Habermas on the Purpose of Leisure - Karl Spracklen 14. Chris Rojek -Peter Bramham 15. Two Sociologists: Pierre Bourdieu and Zygmunt Bauman - Tony Blackshaw 16. What They Did On Their Holidays: Virilio, Baudrillard, Leisure Studies and Post-Theory - Steve Redhead Part 3: Leisure as a Socio-Cultural Phenomenon 17. Social Class, Culture and Leisure - Peter Bramham 18. Leisure in Culture - Garry Chick 19. Racisms and Minority Experiences of Amateur Football in the UK and Europe - Steven Bradbury 20. Family Leisure - Maureen Harrington 21. Gendered Freedoms and Constraints for Young Women Socializing in Bars and Clubs - Oona Brooks 22. Leisure and the Life Course - Ken Roberts 23. Lifestyle and Leisure Theory - Anthony J. Veal 24. The Leisured Nature of Tourism: A Sociological Critique - Stephen Wearing and Alan Law Part 4: The Big Seven Leisure Pursuits 25. The Annual Holiday: Its Rise, Transformations, Expansion, and Fragmentation - John K. Walton 26. Demonizing Drink: An Historical Perspective on Alcohol and Moral Regulation in Britain - Henry Yeomans and Chas Critcher 27. From the Back street to the High Street: Commercial Gambling and the Commodification of Chance - Gerda Reith 28. Leisure Sex: More Sex! Better Sex! Sex is F***ing Brilliant! Sex, Sex, Sex, SEX - Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith 29. Television and Cultural Citizenship - Nick Stevenson 30. Recreational Drug Use and the Club Scene - Margaretha Järvinen 31. How Shopping Changed Leisure - Tony Blackshaw Part 5: Uses of Leisure 32. Abnormal Leisure and Normalization - Chris Rojek 33. Behind the Curtain: Home-Based Work and Leisure Spaces - Jon Dart 34. Consumerism as Shaped by the Pursuit of Leisure - Robert A. Stebbins 35. Leisure and Higher Education - David Harris 36. Leisure, National Identity and Celebrating National Difference - Alan Bairner 37. Social Capitalism and Leisure Policy Reconsidered - Tony Blackshaw 38. Serious Leisure: The Case of Groundhopping - David Bauckham 39. Volunteering as Leisure, Leisure as Volunteering - Geoff Nichols and Kirsten Holmes with Tom Baum 40. Yin and Yang: The Relationship of Leisure and Work - Joy Beatty and William R. Torbert Part 6: New Directions 41. Cultural Tourism - Greg Richards 42. Event Management - Chris Rojek 43. Extreme Leisure Pursuits: Origins and Future Directions - Victoria Robinson 44. Leisure, Community, and Politics - Erin K. Sharpe 45. Ethnicity, Racism and the Real Social Value of Sport - Grant Jarvie 46. The Labour of Leisure Reconsidered - Chris Rojek and Tony Blackshaw 47. Virtual Leisure - Garry Crawford 48. Youth Culture, Leisure and Lifestyle: From Subcultures to Post-Subcultures - Andy Bennett 49. The Meaning of Liquid Leisure - Johan Bouwer and Marco van Leeuwen
Tony Blackshaw is Reader at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has published works on a broad range of themes in Leisure Studies which include the following: Leisure Life: Myth, Masculinity and Modernity (Routledge, 2003), The Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies (with Garry Crawford) (Sage, 2009) and Leisure (Routledge, 2010).