`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.
Since the work of Foucault, attention has focused on the ways in which social discipline is instilled into individuals in order to make them conform. Specific ‘apparatuses’ (social organizations) have been developed to do this, including sports teams and gyms.
Section Outline:Functionalist views. Foucault's work extended into Hargreaves's studies on sport and fitness discourses as disciplinary apparatuses. Current social policy: activity to counter obesity among the young. Problems, including the ability of consumers to resist discipline and gain alternative pleasures
Partly because of the particular theoretical tradition that informed earlier studies of leisure, it is common to think of leisure as having purely positive functions. Leisure is traditionally seen as a moment of personal freedom and choice, away from the dull compulsion of work, for ...