The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure: Habermas and Leisure at by K. Spracklen

By K. Spracklen

This booklet makes use of the paintings of Jurgen Habermas to interrogate rest as a significant, theoretical inspiration. Drawing on examples from activity, tradition and tourism, and going past issues concerning the grand undertaking of relaxation, Spracklen argues that relaxation is significant to figuring out wider debates approximately id, postmodernity and globalization.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure: Habermas and Leisure at the End of Modernity PDF

Similar miscellaneous books

Heroines of Sport: The Politics of Difference and Identity

Heroines of game appears heavily at varied teams of girls whose tales were excluded from prior debts of women's activities and feminine heroism. It specializes in 5 particular teams of ladies from assorted areas on this planet South African girls; Muslim girls from the center East; Aboriginal girls from Australia and Canada; and lesbian and disabled girls from varied international locations world wide.

Research Methods for Sports Studies

This accomplished and obtainable textbook deals a whole grounding in either qualitative and quantitative learn tools for the activities reviews scholar. The e-book deals the reader a step by step consultant to the study method, from designing a study venture, to accumulating and analysing info, to reporting the learn, all of that is richly illustrated with sport-related case-studies and examples.

Language and Linguistic Contact in Ancient Sicily

In the box of historical bilingualism, Sicily represents a different terrain for research due to its particularly wealthy linguistic background, during which 'colonial' languages belonging to branches as diversified as Italic (Oscan and Latin), Greek and Semitic (Phoenician) interacted with the languages of the natives (the elusive Sicel, Sicanian and Elymian).

Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment

Unique animals have been coveted commodities in nineteenth-century Britain. Spectators flocked to zoos and menageries to work out woman lion tamers and hungry hippos. Helen Cowie examines zoos and traveling menageries within the interval 1800-1880, utilizing animal exhibitions to check problems with classification, gender, imperial tradition and animal welfare.

Additional info for The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure: Habermas and Leisure at the End of Modernity

Sample text

This contrasted with the myth-making and self-serving stories of patriotism that, especially in Germany, resonated too closely with the far-right ideologies of the early twentieth century. Habermas’s later political thinking, then, was a product of his earlier struggles with authority and autonomy: Habermas attempts to defend reason and the philosophy of the Enlightenment and Truth (Habermas, 1998). Both, however, faced difficult challenges at the end of the twentieth century. The fall of the Enlightenment … the search for explicative laws in natural facts proceeds in a tortuous fashion.

31 32 The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure In this chapter I will explore Habermas’s key philosophical concepts of communicative rationality and communicative action (and their instrumental counterparts), and how he intended these ideas to be applied to thinking about history, sociology and modern society. I will examine the philosophical problems that led to Habermas developing a defence of rationality, while at the same time allowing himself a critical space to attack the bias and partiality of the late modern world (Pedersen, 2008).

The relativistic implications of this are too dangerous for many critics to face, as without some kind of ability to make value judgements the academic enterprise fails (Vattimo, 1988). Others suggest that postmodern philosophy shifts the focus of academic debate from logic to rhetoric (Simons, 1989; Kvale, 1995). Such arguments are, of course, diametrically opposed to the scientism that still prevails in academia, and which supports the Habermas and Communicative and Instrumental Rationality 39 rigour and supposed validity of quantitative methods.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.18 of 5 – based on 43 votes