BAILEY, Peter Studies in Social History
Title: Leisure and Class in Victorian England : Ritual recreation and the contest for control, 1830-1885. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Routledge & Kegan Paul / University of Toronto Press, London / Toronto and Buffalo, 1978, ISBN:0802022588
Seller ID: 110167
BAILEY, Petera. Leisure and Class in Victorian England : Ritual recreation and the contest for control, 1830-1885. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul / Toronto and Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, (1978) First Edition. Pp (8),ix-x,1-260,(2). Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. In the Studies in Social History series. "This study examines the transformationof popular leisure from 1830 to 1885 and the middle class schemes for "rat ional recreation", which attempted to reform the leisure habits and amenities of the working classes. It is based on extensive reading of contemporaryperiodicals, the specialist press, government reports and social commentar ies on working class life, much of it previously unused by researchers, anddraws on local evidence. After describing the lively state of working clas s recreations and the social problem that they represented to contemporary reformers, Peter Bailey explores the phenomenon of the new leisure world which overtook Victorian society from the middle of the century, discussing the changing role of leisure for the middle class and the implication for social control and the various campaigns for "rational recreation". The increasing activity and debate among reformers influenced popular culture in three specific areas: the reform experiment of the Working Men's Club movement; the promotion of organized games and the new athleticism; and the emergent mass entertainment industry of the music halls, all of which are examinedin detail. The study assesses the general impact of this attempt to impose a new play discipline and the resistance it met with in working class life , and concludes with a discussion of the implications of the development ofmodern leisure for the broader questions of class relationships and consci ousness." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction. 1. Popular recreation in the early Victorian town. 2. Rational recreation: voices of improvement. 3.The new leisure world of the mid-Victorians: the expansion of middle-class recreation, its practice and problems. 4. Dispensing recreation to the mas ses in the new leisure world. 5. Rational recreation in operation: the Working Men's Club movement. 6. Rational recreation and the new athleticism. 7.Rational recreation and the entertainment industry: the case of the Victor ian music halls. Conclusions. Peter Bailey was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. Very good in unclipped, spine-sunned dustjacket. 50.00