`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.

Social Class

Social class

Social class is one of the forms of social division that have been at the heart of debates about equality, access, and social policy for some years. We discuss other main forms of social division, such asgenderand‘race’in other entries, and it is advisable to look at those too in order to get a fuller picture of social divisions and how they might interact. Social class divisions are classically rooted in occupation or differences incultural capitalor economic power. Leisure activities can both diminish and reproduce class divisions.

Section Outline:Social class and occupation: empirical patterns in leisure choices, measurement problems. Class and culture. Bourdieu and the shaping of ‘taste’ in leisure: general class ‘aesthetics’ and specific fractions, leisure and class distinction. Marxist views: Clarke and ...

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