In the final decades of the nineteenth century, modern interpretations of leisure became of interest to social policy makers and cultural critics. The free time of British citizens was increasingly seen as a sphere of social citizenship and community-building. Through major social thinkers, including William Morris and John Hobson, leisure and voluntarism were viewed in terms of 'the good society'. In the aftermath of the First World War, these writers remained influential as leisure became a field of social service, directed towards a new society and working through voluntary association in civic societies, settlements, new estate community-centres, village halls and church-based communities.
Leisure, Voluntary Action and Social Change in Britain, 1880-1939 documents the parallel cultural shift from charitable philanthropy to social service and from rational recreation to leisure, teasing out intellectual influences which included social idealism, liberalism and socialism.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Year published: 2019
Book type: Paperback, 256 pages
Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm
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