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Deviant Leisure: Criminological perspectives on leisure and harm. Book Review, J. Hall.

Hall, Jenny ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5200-4308 (2020) Deviant Leisure: Criminological perspectives on leisure and harm. Book Review, J. Hall. Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

Thomas Raymen and Oliver Smith draw upon a diverse range of cutting edge research, challenging readers to rethink the impact of the twenty-first-century consumer capitalism embedded in our treasured and coveted leisure experiences. The volume broadens Raymen and Smith’s (chapter 2) theory of the ‘deviant leisure perspective’ by blending conceptual analysis with case studies which comprehensively expands the scope of their framework. The largely ethnographic case studies illustrate, through a range of experimental methods, the harms that are normalised and embedded in our everyday leisure pursuits. The book makes an important contribution to both criminology and leisure by applying a criminological lens to problematise the commonly held notion that all leisure is good (Rojek, 2010). By encompassing a wide milieu of perspectives, the research analyses how the fitness industry, tourism, digital pastimes, pornography, clubbing, gambling, parkour and even leisure within prison life are experienced through a range of power geometries. Questioning what leisure can produce, brings into view how harms are hidden, yet pervasive, in contemporary consumer leisure cultures. Raymen and Smith conclude by offering an alternative conceptualisation of a leisure-world that is prosocial that moves us beyond the capitalist drivers of hedonistic consumption underpinning our global crisis (chapter 2).

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Studies on 24/03/2020 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02614367.2020.1745261” Leisure Studies, 39 (4). pp. 613-615
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2020.1745261
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV6001-7220.5 Criminology
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/6236

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