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What is the place of leisure in societies where people complain of 'over-work'? How do personal freedom and choice relate to the inequalities of class, gender, disability and ethnicity?
This critical introduction to the field offers a systematic account of the meaning and structure of leisure today.
* situates the student in the field
* provides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches to leisure
* explores the influence of class, race, gender, ethnicity, disability and age
* discusses to role of the sate
* examines leisure in the context of changing work relationships
* locates leisure in the debate around globalization
In short, this is an indispensable, one-stop guide to understanding leisure.
Shaun Best is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester, and author of Understanding Social Divisions, (2005) and A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory (2003, both SAGE).
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