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The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure


Karl Spracklen


This book and its sequel, Constructing Leisure, both written by Spracklen, use Jurgen Habermas's work to situate leisure and critical studies of leisure as meaningful and valuable in the twenty-first century.


Constructing Leisure is a history and philosophy of leisure. In The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure, Spracklen uses Habermas' concerns between communicative discourse and globalizing, commodifying instrumentality to interrogate leisure as a critical, theoretical concept.


Drawing on examples from sport, popular 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.


Research outputs

  • Spracklen, K. (2009) The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure. Basingstoke, Palgrave. Available here.
  • Spracklen, K. (2011) Constructing Leisure: Historical and Philosophical

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