The Business of Leisure in 20th Century Britain: Pay and Play (Hardback) book cover

The Business of Leisure in 20th Century Britain

Pay and Play

By Richard Coopey, Peter Lyth


272 pages

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Hardback: 9781138000698
pub: 2018-06-01

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The leisure sector of developed economies continues to grow rapidly, this expansion building on existing forms of leisure economy to introduce entirely new enterprises, products and markets. Britain, the first industrial nation, is no exception, and business across a range of leisure sectors is now a highly significant part of the nation’s economic life. And yet, this sector is relatively poorly served in terms of its history despite the fact that Britain gave the world many of its sports and leisure activities. What were the patterns of business in the leisure sector? Who were the key entrepreneurs? And how have markets developed?

Fusing economic, business, social and cultural history, this book will provide the first comprehensive business history of leisure, encompassing sports, tourism, music, the arts and hobbies, amongst others. It will track the progress of entrepreneurs, enterprises and markets as they have evolved, and highlight processes of overlap and merging between sectors and businesses. This book combines a wide-ranging and thoughtful history of the leisure industry with rigorous business and economic analysis, and offers a unique overview of this industry’s development in Britain.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Going Out - The business of sensory leisure 3 Staying home - capitalism in the parlour 4 Showing off - the business of display 5 A nation of shopkeepers - retail business in Britain 6 Getting away – the rise and rise of the tourism industry 7 Playing for profit – sport and enterprise 8 Keep on running - the endorphin economy 9 The pastime economy 10 The past and future of the leisure economy in Britain

About the Authors

Richard Coopey is a lecturer at the University of Aberystwyth, UK, and is a a Senior Research Fellow at the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics, UK.

Peter Lyth is a University Teacher in Tourism in the Business School at the University of Nottingham, UK

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Economic History

This long established series provides a platform for books which break new ground in the understanding of the development of the modern world economy. Equally rooted in economics and history, the series is not limited to any particular period or region. Individual titles focus on particular countries, key industries, themes, or international economic relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History