By Chris Rojek
This ebook explores the that means of rest 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 provide a survey - and rethinking - of relaxation idea. while he provides 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 unfastened time for staff in a capitalist approach, and the gendered nature of relaxation. He then discusses the social development of rest lower than modernity and the most competing arguments. ultimately he examines postmodernity. Revealing how relaxation practices have answered t
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While some of these support Hammersley's argument about the privileging of gender, others produce explanations of social life which explore the complex articulation of gender inequality with variables of class, ethnicity, locality and so on. Gelsthorpe's position is replicated in feminist research into leisure, notably in the work of Deem (1986), Wearing (1992) and Harrington et al. (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.
The traditional sociology of leisure is criticized for ignoring the existence of women. Additionally, it is held to posit a classless, deracialized, degendered 'individual'. Questions of gender construction and the gendered management of Tree' time activity are ignored. The critical sociology of leisure This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by ebrary. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. CAPITALISM: REPRODUCTION 29 fares little better in most feminist accounts. It is attacked for prioritizing the politics of production over the politics of reproduction.
There are many competing explanations of the historical construction of social order. Five in particular have claims upon our time: conservative theory, moral regulation theory, the Protestant ethic thesis, conspicuous consumption theory and the theory of the civilizing process. Each of these developed as general theories of social change. However, they have a particular resonance for the question of how Modernity 1 orders leisure in everyday life. Conservative Theory Conservative theory reproduces many of the assumptions of positivism, functionalism and pluralism.