`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.



Gender is usually defined as the cultural and social aspect of sexuality. As such, there may be more genders than there are biological sexes. Gender differences are important at the level of personalidentity, and more broadly as a base of social classification and differentiation, so it is not surprising to find them affecting leisure as well.

Section Outline:Reviews of some early feminist arguments that gender had been neglected in studies of leisure as an option and as an important organizing principle. Feminist work: youth subcultures, discos, bedroom culture, unpaid domestic labour, theoretical and methodological debates. Masculinity as a construction, especially in sport. Gay leisure: the hidden influences and preferences.

Much of the early work prioritizing gender was undertaken by feminists and this can produce a slight ...

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