`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.
‘Heritage’ can refer to anything of cultural significance that is left over from the past. As usual, the choice of what is significant tends to depend on who has the power to decide. One particular trend associates the values of the past with current commercial and political emphases – the ‘heritage industry’. Other approaches try to break this association and develop new emphases for educational or critical purposes.
Section Outline:The rise of the heritage industry: commercial and political motives. Heritage as ideological distortion of the past. Thatcherite and New Labour variants: the Millennium Dome. Postmodernist and marxist alternatives. Problems with critical accounts and alternatives. Professional perspectives and links with visitor interpretation.
[Page 142]Heritage has become big business not only in the UK, but globally. Its economic exploitation ...