The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure

Habermas and Leisure at the End of Modernity

  • KarlĀ Spracklen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 1-7
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 11-30
    3. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 52-71
    4. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 72-90
  4. Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 93-114
    3. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 115-137
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      Pages 138-157
    5. Karl Spracklen
      Pages 158-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 160-175

About this book


This book uses the work of Jurgen Habermas to interrogate leisure as a meaningful, theoretical concept. Drawing on examples from sport, culture and tourism, and going beyond concerns about the grand project of leisure, Spracklen argues that leisure is central to understanding wider debates about identity, postmodernity and globalization.


culture globalization identity Sport tourism

Authors and affiliations

  • KarlĀ Spracklen
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Metropolitan UniversityUK

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