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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Leisure and Tourism
Leisure and tourism

The sociological study of leisure and tourism is a relatively novel sub-discipline in the field. Over a decade and a half ago, Neil Smelser's (1988) Handbook of Sociology could find no place for a chapter on the subject. Early sociological contributions tended to be either based in ethnographic work or social surveys. Typically they focused only on working class leisure and to conflate this subject with questions of social reform (Rowntree, 1865; Booth, 1902–3; Rowntree, 1901; Lynd and Lynd, 1937). Interestingly, with the exception of Veblen's (1899) brilliant study, the subject of the leisure forms and practices among the rich was neglected.1

It is widely agreed that the period between the 1880s and 1920s consolidated the key features of consumer culture ...

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