By Chris Rojek

Relaxation has consistently been linked to freedom, selection and adaptability. The week-end and vacation trips have been celebrated as 'time off'. In his compelling new ebook, Chris Rojek turns this shibboleth on its head to illustrate how relaxation has develop into a kind of labour. glossy women and men are required to be powerfuble, proper and credible, not just within the paintings position yet with their pals, childrens, mom and dad and communities. Read more...

content material: hide; CONTENTS; record OF FIGURES; 1 POSITIONING relaxation; 2 THE rest SOCIETY THESIS AND ITS outcomes; three ROADBLOCKS TO unfastened TIME; four VISIONARIES AND PRAGMATISTS; five what's wrong WITH rest STUDIES?; 6 a number of EQUILIBRIA: A BALANCED technique; 7 THE country; eight organizations; nine it truly is STILLLEISURE, silly; NOTES; REFERENCES; writer INDEX; topic INDEX.

Discursive, enticing and enlightening problem to orthadox techniques to the tips of loose time and rest, from the preeminent determine in rest studies. Read more...

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Postmodernism and poststructuralism therefore each produced an impasse that has not yet been overcome. The probability is that it will be eventually filled by some version of a politics of will in which one vision of leisure and society is presented over others as the best way forward. However, we are not at a stage of thought and practice where a tenable vision of this type has emerged. Does this mean that Leisure Studies après the postmodern turn has run into a blind alley from which it cannot escape?

What people did in their free time set the agenda for life choices relating to education, work, marriage and politics. Leisure, which for decades was dismissed as the poor relation in academic research, suddenly became the touchstone to the future. Even sociologists who were sceptical abut the full-blown versions of the logic of industrialism thesis and post-industrial society theory acknowledged that leisure must be taken more seriously. In Britain, the redoubtable Ken Roberts (1970: 9) characteristically commenced a major, influential career-long interest in the sociology of leisure with a canard against ‘the great deal of polemical writing about the quality of This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by Dawsonera.

If this is the This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by Dawsonera. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. qxp 32 13/08/2009 6:52 PM Page 32 The Labour of Leisure case, extensive redefinition of the meaning of power, work and leisure is required. Traditional analysis of management–labour relations assumed antagonism between the two interests. The motivation of management is to control costs and increase profits. As to labour, the goal is to increase wages and control prices. By proposing changes in the class structure relating to the decline of manual labour and the rise of a new professional-technical-managerial class, exponents of the post-industrial society thesis maintained that the rules of the game are changing.

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