Leisure in Contemporary Society

Leisure in Contemporary Society

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In Western societies, leisure has been a major force in changing people's lives. The containment of working time and the rise in spending power have been long-term trends and are likely to continue over the next decades. While growth of leisure may not have eradicated differences by social class, gender or age, it has transformed how these differences are expressed, challenged or modified. In parallel, leisure studies has itself developed significantly as an academic discipline. This second edition is a complete rewrite of the first edition published in 1999. It is an introductory undergraduate text on leisure. It has a sociological perspective and discusses recent debates and research on topics such as post-modernity, consumer cultures and lifestyles.When John Goldthorpe and his colleagues (1969) conducted their study of affluent manual workers in Luton in the 1960s amidst a debate on the alleged ... Driving and flying also became new leisure activities for the relatively well-to-do, but cycling was the mass pastime. Simultaneously ... Gas-fired boilers and cookers, bicycles and radios and gramophones were other goods that sold in mass quantities.

Title:Leisure in Contemporary Society
Author: Kenneth Roberts
Publisher:CABI - 2006-01-01

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