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Workers at Play
A Social and Economic History of Leisure, 1918-1939

ISBN 9781138327009
Published May 12, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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