This critical introduction to the field offers a systematic account of the meaning and structure of leisure today. The book: Situates the student in the fieldProvides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches to leisureExplores the influence of class, race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and ageDiscusses to role of the stateExamines leisure in the context of changing work relationshipsLocates leisure in the debate around globalization

Introduction

Introduction

What is the leisure experience? In the nineteenth century, paid work became a much more systematic and controlled activity – for the vast majority of people, paid work took place in factories, shops and offices that were physically separate from people's homes. Work also took place at specified times of the day ...

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