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Routledge Library Editions: Leisure Studies


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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.

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Exploring Sport and Leisure Disasters A Socio-Legal Perspective

Exploring Sport and Leisure Disasters: A Socio-Legal Perspective

1st Edition

By Hazel J. Hartley
November 01, 2020

First published in 2001. This book provides a socio-legal analysis of disasters by setting out two sport and leisure disasters (the 1989 Hillsborough and Marchioness disasters) and considering them in their broader legal/political/economic and policy contexts. It bases the analysis on in-depth ...

Freedom and Constraint The Paradoxes of Leisure

Freedom and Constraint: The Paradoxes of Leisure

1st Edition

Edited By Fred Coalter
November 01, 2020

First published in 1989. In the climate of long-term unemployment, early retirement, and technology that is seen to threaten jobs, 'leisure’ has been presented as the solution to a multitude of social problems. The essays in this collection represent the most important arguments on the problems, ...

Freedom to Be A New Sociology of Leisure

Freedom to Be: A New Sociology of Leisure

1st Edition

By John R. Kelly
November 01, 2020

First published in 1987. Following an introductory chapter on the nature of theory and the outline of the book, there are eight chapters on the explanatory approaches, or models, employed in this dialectical analysis of the leisure industry. These models focus on particular elements of leisure: ...

Land and Leisure Concepts and Methods in Outdoor Recreation

Land and Leisure: Concepts and Methods in Outdoor Recreation

1st Edition

Edited By Carlton S. Van Doren, George B. Priddle, John E. Lewis
November 01, 2020

First published in 1974. Leisure has come to be a vital force in our lives, a part of self-discovery, essential for our well-being. With increased amounts of leisure time, there has been rapid growth in the demand for diverse recreational facilities and their subsequent overuse. With this in mind, ...

Leisure Identities and Interactions

Leisure Identities and Interactions

1st Edition

By John R. Kelly
November 01, 2020

First published in 1983. Leisure has too often been approached as a set of activities that people do when everything important has been completed. This text provides a different analysis demonstrating the centrality of leisure to human development and to important relationships. In Leisure ...

Leisure and the Family Life Cycle

Leisure and the Family Life Cycle

1st Edition

By Rhona Rapoport, Robert N. Rapoport
November 01, 2020

This volume, first published in 1975 with a new introduction by Ziona Strelitz, marked a pioneering contribution to family and leisure studies. The study includes empirical material collected in the form of biographical case studies. The case studies are not only rich in detail and well presented, ...

Leisure and the Future

Leisure and the Future

1st Edition

By A. J. Veal
November 01, 2020

First published in 1987. In the context of the debate about the changing structure of modem economies, the growth of leisure, and the place of work and leisure in society, this book reviews the ‘state of the art’ of leisure forecasting and the study of leisure futures. It traces man's concern with ...

Politics and Leisure

Politics and Leisure

1st Edition

By John Wilson
November 01, 2020

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. ...

The Problem of Leisure

The Problem of Leisure

1st Edition

By Henry Durant
November 01, 2020

First published in 1938. This study examines various aspects of leisure in the early twentieth century. The author observes the differences in leisure between the various echelons of society, as well as the differences of leisure amongst children and adults. Durant also explores in depth several ...

Understanding Leisure

Understanding Leisure

1st Edition

By Les Haywood, Francis Kew, Peter Bramham, John Spink, John Capenerhurst, Ian Henry
November 01, 2020

First published in 1989. Understanding Leisure is a readable introductory analysis of the key elements in the study of leisure. This includes leisure concepts and dimensions of leisure, its activity forms, participants, provision, and leisure futures, leisure and social theory. A collaborative work...

Young People and Leisure

Young People and Leisure

1st Edition

By John Leigh
November 01, 2020

First published in 1971. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship which exists between the education services and the leisure time of the people they attempt to serve. The author explores education and provision for leisure and the problems of schools, youth services and adult ...

Youth and Leisure

Youth and Leisure

1st Edition

By Kenneth Roberts
November 01, 2020

First published in 1983. In the 1980s, as they are today, young people were remaining longer in education, and were leaving better qualified, if only to face unemployment rather than real jobs and progressive careers. Traditional gender divisions and roles are being challenged. In this study, ...

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