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It's Still Leisure, Stupid1
It's still leisure, stupid

Back in the days when the Visionaries and Pragmatists occupied their respective positions of influence, the study of leisure appeared luxuriously straightforward. Leaving aside the business of whether leisure is best regarded as a state of mind, or a dynamic set of forms and practices, among academics, leisure was presented as a simple category: the sum total of what people do in their spare time. Since the necessity to submit to wage labour was held to be the prime restraint upon time-use in industrial civilization, Visionaries and Pragmatists tended to equate spare time with free time.

A simple, but erroneous stream of associations was set loose by this train of thought: less work equals more leisure; and more leisure ...

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