Voluntary action and leisure: an historical perspective 1830-1939

Snape, Robert ORCID: 0000-0003-4229-0926 (2015) Voluntary action and leisure: an historical perspective 1830-1939. Voluntary Sector Review, 6 (2). pp. 153-171. ISSN 2040-8056

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Since the early nineteenth century instrumental voluntary intervention in leisure has been a prominent aspect of social reform. Despite this, leisure remains relatively neglected in the historiography of voluntary action. This paper reviews the changing social meanings of leisure and voluntary action between 1830 and 1939 and argues that leisure has been crucial to the development of the voluntary movement. While much intervention was repressive, leisure was also understood as a social good that could be promoted through voluntary action. After the First World War leisure was seen by the National Council of Social Service to be a prerequisite of a progressive society. It is argued that the historical relationships between voluntary action and leisure have the capacity to inform current policy in terms of state-voluntary partnership and ideas of the common good.

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Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version. Snape, Robert (2015) Voluntary action and leisure: an historical perspective 1830-1939, Voluntary Sector Review, 6 (2). pp. 153-171 is available online at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/2015/00000006/00000002/art00003
Uncontrolled Keywords: history, leisure, policy, social reform
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 08:30
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 10:06
Identification Number: 10.1332/204080515X14356599739121
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/740

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