When this book was first published the study of sport had been largely neglected by sociologists. The contributions to this volume bring the sports field, the leisure centre and everyday leisure activities to a more central position within the sociological enterprise. Whether amateur or professional, sport contributes to wider relations of power, privilege and domination and this debate represents an important phase in the sociology of sport and leisure.
Introduction: The Sociology Analysis of Sport and Leisure John Horne, David Jary and Alan Tomlinson 1. The Changing Work/Leisure balance in Britain: 1961-1984 Jonathan Gershuny and Sally Jones 2. Men and Women at Play: Gender, Life Cycle and Leisure Joan Smith 3. The Figurational Sociology of Sport and Leisure of Elias and Dunning: An Exposition and a Critique John Horne and David Jary 4. Leisure, Symbolic Power and the Life Course Mike Featherstone 5. The Body, Sport and Power Relations John Hargreaves 6. ‘Boys Muscle In Where Angels Fear to Tread’ – Girls Sub-Cultures and Physical Activities Sheila Scraton 7. The Exploitation of Disadvantage: The Occupational Sub-Culture of the Boxer John Sugden 8.The Politics of Women’s Leisure Rosemary Deem 9. Leisure, the State and Collective Consumption Dave Whitson