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A number of severe essays which reject the assumptions that relaxation kinfolk are family of freedom, self choice, existence delight and progress. The essays examine energy and coverage concerns in relaxation family and try and produce a serious sociology of the subject.
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55 This is certainly the issue, though it has a much wider application than domestic labour conceived of as an activity of 'reproduction', but it is rather at odds with much of what the authors have said before which does assume, like Parker, that the crucial, vital, 'work' is employment. Clarke and Critcher scarcely resolve the issue, though in some rather speculative pages about 'play' they do suggest, again at some odds with most of the rest of their text, that: The antithesis of work and leisure may, then, be more usefully understood as that of necessary labour and unnecessary play.
At present we are so accustomed to the existence of these more stable monopolies of force and the greater predictability of violence resulting from them, that we scarcely see their importance for the structure of our conduct and our personality. We scarcely realize how quickly what we call 'reason', this relatively farsighted and differentiated steering of our conduct, with its high degree of affect-control, would crumble or collapse if the anxiety-inducing tensions in and around us changed, if the fears affecting our lives suddenly became much stronger.
F. Moorhouse 29 dualities. However, Pahl's work does contain faults. These turn not on the point, which he acknowledges, that he is considering household not individual strategies (and, despite its stress on the family the actual subject of leisure studies has been the individual) but concern other, deeper, problems about meanings and exactly what the term 'work' is to cover. Although Pahl begins his study by saying that one of its starting points was people's changing experience of 'work' his study is curiously silent about meanings and their sources.