`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.



Not all shopping is a leisure activity, but much of it can be seen as offering the characteristic pleasures. Shopping as leisure is facilitated in certain circumstances and perhaps certain locations. There are powerful economic reasons for encouraging this kind of shopping.

Section Outline:Shopping centres and city redevelopment: post-Fordism and postmodernization. Design and theming in retail culture. Shopping malls as idealized cities. Consumerism, resistance and reinterpretation. Window shopping, symbolic politics, the uses of the mall: an ethnographic study.

Interest in shopping as a leisure activity has emerged as a result of the growth of affluence, the economic dominance of the retail industry, and the discovery of women's leisure in leisure studies. Very often, discussion of it also takes on an additional ‘policy’ dimension, since as the activity ...

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