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By Chris Rojek

This booklet explores the which means of relaxation within the context of key social formations of our time. Chris Rojek brings jointly the insights of Marxism, feminism, Weber, Elias, Simmel, Nietzsche and Baudrillard to supply a survey - and rethinking - of relaxation idea. while he offers an intensive critique of the conventional `centring' of rest, on `escape', `freedom' and `choice'.

He describes the relatives among capitalism and relaxation, the which means of loose time for employees in a capitalist approach, and the gendered nature of relaxation. He then discusses the social development of relaxation below modernity and the most competing arguments. ultimately he examines postmodernity. Revealing how relaxation practices have replied t

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Nothing could be further from the truth. As many commentators have argued, to fully understand modernity a general theory of society is necessary (Berman 1982; Frisby 1985). However, this proposition cannot be fully examined in a book of this type which is devoted to exploring but one part of society, namely leisure. To solve the problem I have elected to concentrate upon those writers and ideas who/which in my view best exemplify the mark of Modernity 1 in leisure studies. A variety of labels have been used to describe these ideas: functionalism, pluralism and positivism.

To this end leisure time and leisure space are allocated where leisure identities, associations and practices can develop. Finally, it installs and maintains a formal and informal This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by ebrary. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. 40 MODERNITY AND LEISURE system of policing which aims to ensure that leisure practice is orderly and decent. What produces social order? The question is relevant because as soon as one looks at history it is obvious that many standards of order are relative.

1992). However, the most influential feminist position within leisure studies to date has undoubtedly been the one which emphasizes the importance of gender over other variables. While I want to come to 'post-feminist' arguments later in the chapter, my object at this stage of the discussion is to examine the writings that claim that women inhabit a common world of leisure experience. A 'Common World' of Women's Leisure? A prominent theme in feminist research on leisure is that women inhabit a 'common world' of experience.

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