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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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