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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies

Edited By

Tony Blackshaw

ISBN 9780415697170
Published June 12, 2013 by Routledge
632 Pages

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Book Description

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  Part 1: Key Disciplines  1. Philosophy of Leisure  2. The Making of Modern Leisure: the British experience from c1850-c 1960  3. Feminist Leisure Studies: Origins, accomplishments and prospects  4. Psychology of Leisure  5. Economics of Leisure  6. Leisure Management: Moving with the times  7. Leisure Policy: The example of sport  8. Research Positions, Postures and Practices in Leisure Studies  Part 2: Key Thinkers  9. Theodor W. Adorno, the Culture Industry and Leisure  10. The Leisure Class: From Veblen to Linder to MacCannell  11. Norbert Elias and Leisure Studies  12. Michel Foucault and Leisure  13. Leisure at the End of Modernity: Jürgen Habermas on the purpose of leisure  14. Chris Rojek  15. Two Sociologists: Pierre Bourdieu and Zygmunt Bauman  16. What They Did On Their Holidays: Virilio, Baudrillard, leisure studies and post-theory  Part 3: Leisure as a Socio-Cultural Phenomenon  17. Social Class, Culture and Leisure  18.  Leisure in Culture  19. Racisms and Minority Experiences of Amateur Football in the UK and Europe  20. Family Leisure  21. Gendered Freedoms and Constraints for Young Women Socializing in Bars and Clubs  22. Leisure and the Life Course  23. Lifestyle and Leisure Theory  24. The Leisured Nature of Tourism: A sociological critique  Part 4: The Big Seven Leisure Pursuits  25. The Annual Holiday: Its rise, transformations, expansion, and fragmentation  26. Demonizing Drink: An historical perspective on alcohol and moral regulation in Britain  27. From the Back Street to the High Street: Commercial gambling and the commodification of chance 28. Leisure Sex: More sex! Better sex! Sex is f***ing brilliant! Sex, sex, sex, SEX  29. Television and Cultural Citizenship  30. Recreational Drug Use and the Club Scene  31. How Shopping Changed Leisure  Part 5: Uses of Leisure  32. Abnormal Leisure and Normalization  33. Behind the Curtain: Home-based work and leisure spaces  34. Consumerism as Shaped by the Pursuit of Leisure  35. Leisure and Higher Education  36. Leisure, National Identity and Celebrating National Difference  37. Social Capitalism and Leisure Policy Reconsidered  38. Serious Leisure: The case of groundhopping  39. Volunteering as Leisure, Leisure as Volunteering  40. Yin and Yang: The relationship of leisure and work  Part 6: New Directions  41. Cultural Tourism  42. Event Management  43. Extreme Leisure Pursuits: Origins and future directions  44. Leisure, Community, and Politics  45. Ethnicity, Racism and the Real Social Value of Sport  46. The Labour of Leisure Reconsidered  47. Virtual Leisure  48. Youth Culture, Leisure and Lifestyle: From subcultures to post-subcultures  49. The Meaning of Liquid Leisure

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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).