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Broadcasting and the Problem of Enforced Leisure during the 1930s

Bailey, M (2007) 'Broadcasting and the Problem of Enforced Leisure during the 1930s.' Leisure Studies, 26 (4). pp. 463-477. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

For many people during the early 20th century, leisure was not a voluntary expression of one?s spare time, but rather a consequence of mass, long?term unemployment caused by a global economic recession. In the context of the British labour market, millions of workers in the 1930s were the hapless casualties of what was commonly described at the time as ?enforced leisure?. For these people, the relatively recent advancements in disposable income, leisure and social facilities, and living standards were of little relevance, in that they were forced to spend much of their time on the periphery of what were for most people everyday social activities. Drawing on Foucauldian theories of governmentality and archival research, this paper examines the ways in which early broadcasting sought to police the problem of enforced leisure and its perceived effects by rendering the experience and behaviour of the unemployed more governable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: unemployment; the BBC; leisure; government; cultural citizenship; regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 15:20
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9821

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