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Visionaries and Pragmatists
Visionaries and pragmatists

To maintain that the roots of the academic study of leisure are somewhat dense and tangled is an understatement. The modern question of leisure did not simply spring from the mouths of industrial nineteenth-century workers craving more freedom, or from utopian visionaries bent upon dreaming of a better world. It was posed practically by doctors of medicine troubled by the social and physical effects of urban over-crowding; it harried judges, the police and social workers who struggled with solutions to urban crime and the socialization of model citizens; it worried clergy who viewed secular forms of leisure as threatening the religious community and the work ethic; it vexed educators who struggled to construct a relevant curriculum for what we now ...

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