The Frankfurt School, Leisure and Consumption

  • Gabby Skeldon


This chapter takes a look at the work of the Frankfurt School and how its various members have contributed to our understanding of leisure. Firstly, it explores the history of the Frankfurt School and how it became the aim of scholars to work towards a social theory that could be applied more practically. This chapter examines the way in which Critical Theory could be used to gain a greater understanding of society, articulating how this might be used for emancipating the masses. It further considers the work of Adorno and Horkheimer concerning The Culture Industry and how popular culture influences the individual’s leisure choices. Finally, the chapter concludes by examining the work of the Frankfurt School in a contemporary way, by analysing RuPaul’s Drag Race and the RuPaul Franchise using the theoretical underpinnings suggested by The Culture Industry, to show how the work of the Frankfurt School is still relevant today when studying leisure.


Leisure The Culture Industry Adorno Horkheimer Critical Theory 


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  • Gabby Skeldon
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