`This book confirms David Harris' status as a leading theorist in contemporary culture and leisure in the UK. He offers a distinctive, coherent and authoritative guide to the major concepts and debates that should engage leisure scholars and scholarship' - Dr Peter Bramham, Senior Lecturer in Leisure Studies, Leeds Metropolitan UniversityWritten with the needs of today's student in mind, the SAGE Key Concepts series provides accessible, authoritative and reliable coverage of the essential issues in a range of disciplines. Written in each case by experienced and respected experts in the subject area, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages understanding without sacrificing the level of detail and critical evaluation essential to convey the complexity of the issues.Key Concepts in Leisure Studies:• Provides a student-friendly guide to the key debates in leisure studies• Reflects recent developments in the field, encompassing related work in media studies, cultural studies, sports studies and sociology • Cross-references each 1500 word exposition to other concepts in the field• Offers definitions, section outlines and further reading guidance for independent learning• Is supported by the author's website http:/www.arasite.org/keyconc.html• Is essential reading for undergraduates and NVQ students in leisure studies.



Ethnography refers to a range of methods used in the social sciences that involve trying to come to an understanding of the way a group lives, and then to write about it analytically (which is almost the literal definition). The methods used seem very similar to the ways in which people ordinarily understand the actions of other people, although they are more rigorously developed. The techniques have been used particularly successfully for understanding detailed sequences of unusual, deviant or semi-secret activity which are unlikely to be disclosed using questionnaires. It has the great advantage of being relatively cheap and straightforward, if time-consuming, and is widely used as a result.

Section Outline:Theoretical background and claims. Examples of ethnographic understanding of unusual leisure activities: casual homosexual encounters, ...

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