`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.
Leisure is often defined as the opposite of work in several senses, but this is too simple and ignores the connections between the two sorts of activity. Several other definitions of leisure are tried out in other entries of this book by contrast, e.g. in the entry onfigurationalism.
Section Outline:Assumptions about work and about ‘free time’. Parker on the relations between occupations and leisure. Work-like leisure: commercialization and rationality in leisure. Work as leisure inpostmodernism: ‘serious leisure’, the role offantasyescape, irony, ‘flow’ and the work environment.
The relations between work and leisure have been central to discussions in leisure studies from the beginning. This is quite often the first topic which undergraduates begin to discuss, because it reveals an instructional difference between academic analyses ...