By Tony Blackshaw
Rest lifestyles is a ground-breaking learn of fellows and masculinity. targeting the social networks and rest life of a specific crew of working-class males - 'the lads' - Tony Blackshaw argues that conventional social collectivities akin to category are being outmoded. as an alternative, relaxation existence is now the primary enviornment within which contributors assert their identities and ensure their belonging. For 'the lads', relaxation time is the pivotal element in a fragmented lifestyles which not just permits them to model a few experience of order in a global of endemic illness but additionally offers possibilities for the statement in their masculinity.The ebook uniquely combines 'the lads" personal uncooked and compelling bills in their relaxation stories with a worldly interpretive research. In doing so, it attracts at the paintings of significant theorists similar to Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault, and particularly Bauman to improve new severe insights into our figuring out of the that means of leisure.Leisure lifestyles awakens the sociological mind's eye. It deals a brand new method of the examine of masculinity and the ethnography of relaxation, making it applicable for classes in sociology, relaxation, cultural and gender stories.
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This is achieved through narrative ‘episodes’ which allow ‘the lads’ to ‘announce themselves’; my academic self interrupts these from time to time, to add to, shift or refocus the discussion. All in all, this approach to writing enables me to describe the ‘cultural imaginary’ (Castoriadis, 1987) of the world I have been exploring. That is, the whole realm of actions, feelings and desires of the leisure life-world in a discourse that ‘the lads’ themselves have constructed and which has constructed them.
You could tell that each of us wanted this night out to go on ad infinitum. The motto of ‘the lads’ prevailed: ‘Please God, make it go slow tonight. Make it not be in ordinary time at all. Make it last for ever more, tout a fait! You see our leisure in a time not adjacent to the now. It is together, back then, when we were experts on lads’ time, which is a different time zone from the Greenwich version. In lads’ time the weeks are short, the weekends are long and these mirror each other. For most people there is time past, time present and time future.
This is why Foucault (1981) arrived at a point in the research process where he focused on systems of discourse and discourse as practice, not on understanding cognitive processes which place exclusive emphasis on people and what they say. For Foucault, the Anglo-Saxon grasping of the rational, cognitive individual at the centre of the social world represents an acute epistemological misreading, which leads to a simplistic and inadequate understanding of the complex discursive processes that connect human beings (Harland, 1987).