Byzantine Empire, the Blues and the Greens were involved in politics, settingfashions and acting like street gangs, according to our limited sources.
Karl added: “The new book
offers a broad overview, even including alternativehistory and alternative futures as suggested by science fiction and fantasynovels, for example it looks at the universe that Star Trek provides for theleisure lives of its residents. For officers in the original TV series onFederation starships such as the USS Enterprise, there are sports facilities,gardens and vast electronic libraries. By the time of the starships of the TVseries Star Trek: The Next Generation, new starships come equipped withholodecks, where every kind of fantasy can be re-
enacted in one’s leisure
time. This shift from leisure as improvement and leisure as pleasure reflectedchanging attitudes towards leisure among the makers of the TV series, fromthe optimists of the 1960s to the Reaganites of the USA in the 1980s.
Professor Spracklen lectures at Leeds Metropolitan on the subjects ofsociology of sport, leisure theory and popular culture and is Chair of theLeisure Studies Association (LSA). His new book, published by Palgrave
Macmillan, acts as a sequel to his 2009 book, “The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure”, which discussed leisure in the modern day.
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