The emergent working society of leisure

Ravenscroft, N. and Gilchrist, P. (2009) The emergent working society of leisure Journal of Leisure Research, 41 (1). pp. 23-39. ISSN 0022-2216

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This paper explores a contemporary trend in the sociology of work and leisure which engages with classic leisure studies concerns about the nature of peoples' uses of time and their relationship to production and consmnption. Utilizing data from qualitative research into the career biographies of creative industries workers in a small coastal town in England, we posit that we are witnessing an emerging working society of leisure. This involves a shift from a consumption to a production focus: 'doing leisure' is now about cultural production. Class remains a major determinant of the leisure experience—the most successful tend to be those with significant external sources of economic and cultural capital. As such, we conclude by arguing that the emergent working society of leisure is neither the social democratic project of classic leisure studies, nor the meritocratic project of liberal democracy, but an inherently classist and exclusionary project of the 'post-work' era.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Leisure society; cultural production; biography; creative industries; work and leisure
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Ecology, Landscape and Pollution Management
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
ID Code:5429
Deposited By:Chelsea editor
Deposited On:28 Jan 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2012 09:38

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