By Chris Rojek
This ebook 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 rest concept. while he offers an intensive critique of the normal `centring' of rest, on `escape', `freedom' and `choice'.
He describes the relatives among capitalism and rest, the which means of loose time for staff in a capitalist procedure, and the gendered nature of relaxation. He then discusses the social development of rest less than modernity and the most competing arguments. ultimately he examines postmodernity. Revealing how rest practices have answered t
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Extra resources for Decentring Leisure: Rethinking Leisure Theory
Individual subjectivity can be a resistance to dominant stereotypes; differences within women and between women are possible' (Wearing 1992: 327). Wearing's concepts of subjectivity and power seem to be different from the same concepts found in the work of feminist authors like Deem (1986), Talbot (1988) and Henderson and Bialeschki (1992). Wearing sees subjectivity as fluid, often playful and ironic, and conscious of its own ambiguities. These characteristics are absent from the concept as it is used in the work of the other feminist writers mentioned.
CAPITALISM: PRODUCTION 23 Finally, the traditional sociology of leisure is scorned for showing no aspiration to transform society. In championing 'facts', 'objectivity' and 'science' it avoids the question of how society emerged and what society should be. In this way the traditional sociology of leisure becomes complicit with the structures of power which produce inequality in leisure and society. The influence of the cultural studies approach in leisure climaxed in the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time it has come under increasing fire from critics.
The cultural studies approach to leisure defines itself in opposition to the traditional sociology of leisure. The latter term is associated with the writings of Young and Wilmott (1973), Roberts (1978, 1981) and Parker (1983). These writers are held to associate leisure with freedom, choice, creativity and selfdetermination. They hold that the crucial variable for understanding leisure activity is work. They emphasize the humanizing potential of leisure experience. Against this, cultural studies argues that leisure choices are made in a context of structured inequality.
Decentring Leisure: Rethinking Leisure Theory by Chris Rojek