Introduction to Leisure Studies

By Chris Bull, et al.
October 2002
Longman / Pearson Education
ISBN: 0-582-32503-X
479 Pages, Illustrated
$77.50 Paper original

Leisure has increased in importance in people's daily lives through the last few decades and as an industry increasingly makes a substantial contribution to employment and the economy. Academic interest in the subject has also grown, and has attracted study from a variety of disciplines.

This book provides an essential and comprehensive introduction to the study of this important subject. The book uses an interdisciplinary approach and provides a basic conceptual framework and theoretical underpinning for leisure studies. The text is organized into two interlinked sections covering the leisure phenomenon and provision for leisure.

Key Features: A comprehensive introduction to leisure studies. Written by experienced teachers and researchers. Up-to-date case studies illustrate key concepts to aid understanding . End of chapter questions reinforce learning and test understanding . Balance between practice and theory illustrates theory in real situations. Includes chapters examining the social, economic and spatial significance of leisure and a final chapter on leisure and the future. This book is designed as an introductory text for all those studying leisure at HND and undergraduate level, whether as a major field or as an option. It would also be suitable for those needing an introduction to the subject; postgraduate conversion courses.

Chris Bull is Head of the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure at Canterbury Christ Church University College. He has over 25 years' experience in teaching leisure and tourism and has published various articles and book chapters in the field as well as undertaking significant consultancy projects.

Jayne Hoose
was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Leisure and Tourism at Canterbury Christ Church University College and is now a Regional Manager in the charity sector. She has 10 years experience of teaching leisure and tourism and has published articles and book chapters on a range of topics as well as undertaking consultancy work.

Mike Weed
is Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Policy and Management at Loughborough University. Previous posts include Lecturer in Sports Management at the University of North London and Director of the Research in Sports Culture (RiSC) group. He has published many respected articles and books in this field.

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