Themes and Perspectives
- Shaun Best - University of Manchester, UK
Sociology of Sport
What is the place of leisure in societies where people complain of 'over-work'? How do personal freedom and choice relate to the inequalities of class, gender, disability, and ethnicity?
This critical introduction to the field offers a systematic account of the meaning and structure of leisure today.
- Situates the student in the field
- Provides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches to leisure
- Explores the influence of class, race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and age
- Discusses to role of the state
- Examines leisure in the context of changing work relationships
- Locates leisure in the debate around globalization
In short, this is an indispensable, one-stop guide to understanding leisure. The book will be required reading for courses in Leisure and Recreation Studies, Tourism Studies and Special Event Management.
I am using this very informative book in a couple of subjects at undergraduate and graduate levels. This book is particularly useful for introductory courses in tourism/leisure. Each chapter includes activities for students to do in seminar settings or as home assignments. I like the fact that each chapter is followed by its list of references.
used for level 6 project module and bvery useful to students, will recommend.
A good base for first year students in Leisure and useful for all years of undergraduate study.
Recommended Library to order for this year.
The book deals with a range of crucial themes with respect to leisure and leisure experience, which is undoubtedly helpful to students in leisure studies. It helps students familiarised with key issues and concerns pertaining to studying leisure.
Leisure studies are a very contentious area, with many academics arguing that it should not be legitimately included in the fundamental curriculum of sociology. This textbook explodes that myth by weaving leisure into sociological & social theory foundations, particularly in relation to excluded individuals & communities.
Bought by the library. On the reading list for the module.
A useful adjunct for students who are interested in exploring spacial/temporal/demographic dimensions in the sphere of leisure and crime.
Very good book which fills a gap in the market.
We will certainly recommend for purchase for level 3 module in Leisure Studies and order multiple copies so students from a level 2 module in youth, Leisure and Lifestyle can access.
A great text. Will be used at both first and second year undergraduate studies in Leisure. A wide range of topics and great case studies.