This text scans the entire field of leisure from the point of view of leisure providers rather than from a demand-side perspective. Arguing that each type of supplier (commercial, voluntary and public) has special capacities, the text explores the distinctive character and qualities of the main types of leisure, from the "big three" of tourism, the media and hospitality, to activities such as shopping, sport, gambling and "events". Case studies, quotes, empirical data and boxed discussion of key theories all help to structure this text and give it a reader friendly feel.
KEN ROBERTS is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Studies at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of many books, including Leisure and Lifestyle (Sage 1989), Leisure in Contemporary Society (CAB International 1999) and Class in Modern Britain (Palgrave 2001). He is a former chair of the World Leisure Research Commission and he is currently president of ISA RC13 (Sociology of Leisure). He was a member of the HEFCE RAE Panels for Sports-Related Studies in 1996 and 2001.