First published in 1986. This book explores developments in the cinema, sport, holidays, gambling, drinking and many more recreational activities, and situates working-class leisure within the determining economic and social context. In particular, the inventiveness of working people ‘at play’ is highlighted.
Drawing on an extensive range of source material, the book has a wide general appeal, and will be useful to those professionally concerned with leisure, as well as teachers and students of social history, and all those interested in the patterns of working-class life in the past.
List of Tables; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Demand for Leisure 2. Commercialization and the Growth of the Leisure Industry 3. Leisure Provision in the Voluntary Sector 4. State Provision: The Role of Central and Municipal Authorities 5. Work, Leisure and Unemployment 6. The Labour Movement and Working-Class Leisure 7. The Politics of Leisure; Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
This set of 44 volumes, originally published between 1924 and 1995, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the Labour Movement, including labour union history, the early stages and development of the Labour Party, and studies on the working classes. 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 political history.