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The Leisure Society Thesis and its Consequences
The leisure society thesis and its consequences

Between the mid 1960s and mid 1970s, the leisure society thesis was a boon in the important matter of forcing people to take leisure seriously. After the restructuring of the global economy following the OPEC oil crisis of 1973, it became a blight. Globalization and the deregulation, delayering and out-sourcing of labour markets in the West obliged renewed thinking on leisure and work.1 The 1970s witnessed the massive casualization of labour in the West (Schor 1992). Part-time and fixed-term labour contracts became commonplace, with the result that traditional rights to occupational welfare and holiday entitlements were reformulated. In addition, globalization transferred large chunks of manufacturing industry to the emerging world. Nowadays the ...

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