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The Discipline of Leisure
Embodying Cultures of 'Recreation'1109
The burgeoning social scientific study of tourism has emphasized the effects of the post-industrial economy on travel and place. However, this volume takes some of these issues into a different area of leisure: the spare-time carved out by people as part of their everyday lives - time that is much more intimately juxtaposed with the pressures and influences of work life, and which often involves specific bodily practices associated with hobbies and sports. An important focus of the book is the body as a site of identity formation, experience, and disciplined recreation of the self. Contributors examine the ways rituals, sports, and forms of bodily transformation mediate between contemporary ideologies of freedom, choice and self-control.
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"...forcefully and effectively opposes cultural models that strongly dichotomize social reproduction and social recreation." * JRAI "an interesting anthropological attempt, or, rather, an impressive empirical contribution to exploring diverse contemporary themes in modern sports and leisure activities. In many ways, their book, which comprises nine different and exciting empirical cases covering a rich ethnographic area, intends to expand and broaden the term 'sport' as something more than just purely being an activity carried out for mental, physical or bodily restitution; it is a site of meaning production as well as consumption performed by individuals across the globe. ... the book represents an important contribution to the study of leisure." * Idrottsforum.org
Simon Coleman, Professor of Anthropology at Sussex University, spent 11 years at Durham University as Lecturer and then Reader in Anthropology and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. He obtained his undergraduate degree and PhD from Cambridge, and was a Junior Research Fellow in both Churchill College and St John's College, Cambridge. His books include The Globalisation of Charismatic Christianity (Cambridge UP 2000), Tourism: Between Place and Performance (ed. with Mike Crang, Berghahn 2002) and Pilgrim Voices (ed. with John Elsner, Berghahn 2003).
Chapter 1. The Discipline of Leisure: Taking Play Seriously Simon Coleman and Tamara Kohn PART I: SURVEYING THE SELF Chapter 2. Bob, Hospital Bodybuilder: The Integrity of the Body, the Transitiveness of 'Work' and 'Leisure' Nigel Rapport Chapter 3. Of Metaphors and Muscles: Protestant 'Play' in the Disciplining of the Self Simon Coleman PART II: TEMPORALITIES OF LEISURE Chapter 4. An Adventure Tourist Experience Maurice J. Kane and Hazel Tucker Chapter 5. Reframing Place, Time and Experience: Leisure and Illusion in Mallorca Jacqueline Waldren PART III: ENACTING NATIONALITY Chapter 6. Animal and Human Bodies in the Landscapes of English Foxhunting Garry Marvin Chapter 7. Playing Like Canadians: Improvising Nation and Identity through Sport Noel Dyck Chapter 8. A Relaxed State of Affairs?: On Leisure, Tourism, and Cuban Identity Thomas F. Carter PART IV: TRANSCENDING THE NATION Chapter 9. Staged Discipline as Leisure: Notes on Colonial Sociability in Cairo Petra Kuppinger Chapter 10. Bowing onto the Mat: Discourses of Change through Martial Arts Practice Tamara Kohn Notes on Contributors Index