Becoming sociological: a brief historical review of leisure in the social survey 1880–1939

Snape, Robert ORCID: 0000-0003-4229-0926 (2019) Becoming sociological: a brief historical review of leisure in the social survey 1880–1939. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. ISSN 2520-8683

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Abstract

Adopting the social survey as an analytical tool, this paper explores the origins of a sociology of leisure. Modern social understandings of leisure were formed in the expansion of the social sciences in the late nineteenth century in parallel with the growth of systematic and scientifically informed social work. In both Great Britain and the United States of America the survey became a widely adopted method of gathering data to inform social work. Through advances in social work and the settlement movement’s association with universities an embryonic sociology of leisure had emerged by 1914. After the First World War leisure became a field of policy discourse in post-war reconstruction and the subject of large scale surveys in both countries. These surveys give insight to new and changing sociological understandings of leisure which provided the foundations for the formal recognition of leisure as a sociological field in the late twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper to be published in International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 2019. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41978-019-00046-y
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leisure Studies, Leisure, History, Sociology, Social Survey, Social Work
Divisions: Bolton School of the Arts
University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Worktown Studies
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 10:38
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 11:35
Identification Number: 10.1007/s41978-019-00046-y
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2339

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