`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.
Some activities, including the consumption of some drugs, are actually illegal. The claim here is that these activities can still be understood as leisure activities, suspending judgement on their desirability, rather than as criminal or deviant ones. Leisure studies can offer important insights into these activities even though they are forbidden.
Section Outline:Making leisure activities illegal: policy-making, ambiguity, protest and the loss of legitimacy. Regulating the use of dangerous drugs. Sociological studies of illegal drug-taking. Recent work on the ‘normalization’ of drug-taking and the implications for social policy.
The case of illegal leisure leads to us asking about the role of the State in making certain leisure activities illegal. This is clearly an area of some controversy, and it would take us too long to ...