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Decentring Leisure: Rethinking Leisure Theory

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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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Capitalism/Modernity/Postmodernity 1
1 Capitalism: Production 12
2 Capitalism: Reproduction 28
3 Modernity 1: The Roots of Order 36
4 Mechanisms of Regulation 59
5 Modernity 2: The Disorder of Things 79
6 The Phenomenology of Leisure 104
7 Postmodernity and Postmodernism 129
8 Postmodern Leisure 146
9 Conclusion: Homo Faber/Homo Ludens 175
Notes 193
References 201
Author Index 212
Subject Index 214
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