`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.
A policy is more than just a document expressing an intention to act. It requires the marshalling of knowledge and power in order to be implemented, often against the resistance, non-co-operation or sabotage of other groups. Developing and implementing leisure policies involve analysis of a complex political and social context.
Section Outline:Leisure policies in totalitarian and democratic societies. General themes in British leisure policies. Direct and indirect ways of implementing leisure policies. General analyses of power: gramscian and Foucauldian, with examples. Leisure and the ‘Third Way’.
Given what we know about the diversity of leisure, and the tendency for the boundaries between leisure and other spheres of social life to be flexible, perhaps even collapsing, it is not surprising that leisure policy is going ...