The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure by Peter Bramham

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This book explores the new politics of leisure and pleasure in relation to a range of popular activities. Current generations in Western societies are essentially recipients of the changes that the Sixties – fabled decade of sex, drugs and rock n' roll - left behind. In their leisure lives – whether drinking, reading, surfing the net, taking drugs, going to a comedy gig, watching TV, taking a holiday, downloading music, supporting a football club, having a bet, having sex or simply roaming the countryside – people seem to enjoy unprecedented freedoms. But what are these freedoms? How are they exercised? And to what extent have traditional controls been relinquished?

 
 

About Peter Bramham

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PETER BRAMHAM is Visiting Research Fellow in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His publications include Understanding Leisure (co-authored), A Sociology of Leisure: A Reader (co-edited), Leisure and the Urban Process (co-edited) and Leisure Policies in Europe (co-edited). His most recent book is Sport, Leisure and Culture in the Postmodern City, edited with Stephen Wagg.   STEPHEN WAGG is Professor in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has written widely on the politics of comedy, as well the politics of sport and of childhood. His publications include Because I Tell a Joke or Two: Comedy, Politics and Social Difference (edited).
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan. 292 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction