Leisure Studies

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Edited by: Chris Rojek

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446262351 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412923941 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446262351 |
    • Series: Key Issues for the 21st Century |
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Abstract

Leisure Studies brings together the seminal and seminal-to-be papers in a young and animated field of inquiry, which is nevertheless deeply rooted in the established fields of sociology, history, politics, geography, and economics. This four-volume set traces the disparate interdisciplinary roots of the study of leisure and situates it in its present and future context as a busy research arena in its own right.

Edited by one of the most prominent academics in the field, the set draws on leading international journals as well as elusive classics outside the reach of most libraries that will shed new light on the subject for students and researchers. An original introductory essay draws together and contextualizes the themes, approaches, and key concepts that have formed and are still forming ...

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  • Editor's Introduction: Leisure Studies
    ChrisRojek

    The academic study of leisure is a relatively new phenomenon. Aristotle made reference to leisure in his Nicomachaen Ethics (tr. 1941), and elsewhere. Here he identifies leisure with a state of mind, pure contemplation. However, as the American philosopher, John Dewey (1916) recognized, Aristotle's view is of limited value in the urban-industrial era. This is because Aristotle classifies leisure as an attribute of the elite class. The latter subsist on the surplus created by the majority. As Dewey points out, the argument that leisure is the preserve of the elite, and mechanical, vegetative labour is the lot of the masses, is incompatible with urban industrial democracy. The latter formally assigns liberty as the right of every individual and commits the state ...

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