What is the place of leisure in societies where people complain of 'over-work'? How do personal freedom and choice relate to the inequalities of class, gender, disability and ethnicity? This critical introduction to the field offers a systematic account of the meaning and structure of leisure today. The book: situates the student in the field. provides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches to leisure. explores the influence of class, race, gender, ethnicity, disability and age. discusses to role of the sate. examines leisure in the context of changing work relationships. locates leisure in the debate around globalization. In short, this is an indispensable, one-stop guide to understanding leisure.