Decentring Leisure: Rethinking Leisure Theory

Decentring Leisure: Rethinking Leisure Theory

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by Chris Rojek
     
 

This book explores the meaning of leisure in the context of key social formations of our time: capitalism, modernity and postmodernity. Chris Rojek brings together the insights of Marxism, feminism, Weber, Elias, Simmel, Nietzsche and Baudrillard to produce a comprehensive survey - and rethinking - of leisure theory. At the same time he presents a radical

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This book explores the meaning of leisure in the context of key social formations of our time: capitalism, modernity and postmodernity. Chris Rojek brings together the insights of Marxism, feminism, Weber, Elias, Simmel, Nietzsche and Baudrillard to produce a comprehensive survey - and rethinking - of leisure theory. At the same time he presents a radical critique of the traditional 'centring' of leisure, on 'escape', 'freedom' and 'choice'.

In the first part, he describes the relations between capitalism and leisure, the meaning of free time for workers in a capitalist system, and the gendered nature of leisure. He then discusses the social construction of leisure under modernity and the main competing arguments - that it imprisons the individual and reinforces conformity or that it liberates people and releases their creativity. Finally, he examines postmodernity, the cultural condition which has radically changed the idea of leisure. Revealing how leisure practices have responded to living in a risk society, he shows that 'free' time becomes something very different when simulation and nostalgia lie at the heart of everyday life.

Decentring Leisure will be essential reading for students and lecturers in leisure studies, cultural studies and social theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803988125
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/08/1995
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series, #35
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Capitalism/Modernity/Postmodernity
PART ONE: CAPITALISM AND LEISURE
Capitalism
Production
Capitalism
Reproduction
PART TWO: MODERNITY AND LEISURE
Modernity 1
The Roots of Order
Mechanisms of Regulation
Modernity 2
The Disorder of Things
The Phenomenology of Leisure
PART THREE: POSTMODERNISM AND LEISURE
Postmodernity and Postmodernism
Postmodern Leisure
Conclusion
Homo Faber/Homo Ludens

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