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Roadblocks to Free Time
Roadblocks to free time

Just as individuals are positioned by history in relation to scarce resources, so too are fields of study. For most of the twentieth century the Academy regarded Leisure Studies to be a peripheral field of study. The resources allocated to students in the field were scant. Originally, those who aspired to dedicate themselves to the investigation of leisure as a vocation were typically labelled as mavericks, oddballs or more commonly, simply insignificant academics (Tomlinson 2006). They battled against the widespread condescension that leisure is insignificant and the lofty liberal principle that what takes place in leisure is a matter for private conscience providing it does not interfere with the liberty of others. The students they attracted tended to ...

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