Behind the Net-Curtain

Home-based work and leisure spaces

Authored by: Jon Dart

Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415697170
eBook ISBN: 9780203140505
Adobe ISBN: 9781136495595


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What really goes on in most people’s homes remains a mystery, an intriguing and frustrating mystery.

(Hunt, 1995: 301)

Of all concepts, that of leisure is the most intractable. Like the concept of time, in the words of St Augustine, we know what it is when no-one asks us, but when they ask what it is, we find it hard put to find an answer. It is a polar concept to be sure. That is, it is contrasted with something else – work is the usual candidate. But when we try to define work we find ourselves begging questions about leisure.

(Barrett, 1989: 9)

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