Leisure in the Industrial Revolution: c. 1780-c. 1880

1st Edition

Hugh Cunningham

Routledge
Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9781138638662 - CAT# Y227315
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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Summary

First published in 1980. This book is a study of what different classes of society understood by leisure and how they enjoyed it. It argues that many of the assumptions which have underlain the history of leisure are misleading, and in particular the notions that there was a vacuum in popular leisure in the early Industrial Revolution; that with industrialisation there was sharp discontinuity with the past; that cultural forms diffuse themselves only down the social scale, and that leisure helped ease class distinctions. An alternative interpretation is suggested in which popular culture can be seen as an active agent as well as a victim. This title will be of interest to students of history.

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