This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Pleasure and Leisure

Pleasure and Leisure

Pleasure and leisure
DavidBell, Sarah L.Holloway, MarkJayne and GillValentine

This Chapter

  • Argues that the city has always been important as a site of consumption as well as one of production
  • Uses the example of the consumption of food and drink to show that leisure and pleasure have taken different forms over time
  • Suggests that analysis of the changing urban landscapes of eating and drinking reveals important transitions in the way urban space is managed and marketed


From the rapid growth of the modern city to recent urban restructuring, the production and consumption of spaces associated with pleasure and leisure has been a key feature of urban life (Jayne, 2005). Libraries, museums, sports stadiums, theatres, parks, shopping arcades and department stores are examples of spaces of ...

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