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Rojek, Chris

Works: 98 works in 589 publications in 4 languages and 17,912 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  History  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Chris Rojek
The Sage handbook of sociology( Book )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines and the primary debates in contemporary sociology, this work brings together the leading authors to reflect on the condition of the discipline
Pop music, pop culture by Chris Rojek( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is happening to pop music and pop culture? Synthesizers, samplers and MDI systems have allowed anyone with basic computing skills to make music. Exchange is now automatic and weightless with the result that the High Street record store is dying. MySpace, Twitter and You Tube are now more important publicity venues for new bands than the concert tour routine. Unauthorized consumption in the form of illegal downloading has created a financial crisis in the industry. The old postwar industrial planning model of pop, which centralized control in the hands of major record corporations, and divided the market into neat segments, is dissolving in front of our eyes. This book offers readers a comprehensive guide to understanding pop music today. It provides a clear survey of the field and a description of core concepts. The main theoretical approaches to the analysis of pop are described and critically assessed. The book includes a major investigation of the revolutionary changes in the production, exchange and consumption of pop music that are currently underway
Capitalism and leisure theory by Chris Rojek( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1985, this title explores theories of leisure in a capitalist society. Basing his argument on a refutation of the conventional association of leisure with freedom and free time, Chris Rojek examines the four main structural characteristics of modern leisure practice: privatisation, individuation, commercialisation and pacification. The writings of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Freud are used to locate the question of leisure in more mainstream social theory. This interesting reissue will be of particular value to students of sociology and leisure studies, and those with an i
Dictionary of cultural theorists( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If cultural theory is a minefield, this book is a route map through that field. Prepared by an international team of scholars, the entries in this dictionary provide accessible introductions to the key cultural theorists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It brings together a wide spectrum of theorists from fields such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, history, linguistics, psychoanalysis and law." "Covers over 200 of the leading figures in the study of culture, together with their key concepts and main arguments, their major works and formative influences. Each entry provides links to other seminal figures, as well as a guide to further reading. An extensive introduction sets the entries in the appropriate intellectual and historical contexts. An ideal resource for the cross-disciplinary study of culture."--Jacket
Touring cultures : transformations of travel and theory by Chris Rojek( Book )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection brings together some of the most influential writers in the field to examine the complex connections between tourism and cultural change and the relevance of tourist experience to debates on space, time and identity
Sport and leisure in the civilizing process : critique and counter-critique( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Figurational sociology is associated with the writings of Norbert Elias. In his theory of 'the civilizing process' and his work on the activity of sociology, Elias devised an approach to the study of human life which is now recognized as one of the major contributions to twentieth-century social science." "Working in collaboration with Eric Dunning, Elias developed a series of writings on sport and leisure. These have been so influential that in some circles they are identified as the leading approach in the field. However, the figurational approach has also been widely criticized. For some critics it exhibits all of the worst features of the now discredited 'liberal', 'functionalist' school of sociology." "This collection provides a major critical assessment of the figurational approach to our understanding of sport and leisure. Contributors explore the distinctive features of such an approach and show its application to matters of sport and leisure. However, this is not a one-sided collection. The editors invited critics of figurational sociology to set out their points of view. Feminist and neo-Marxist contributors, for example, spell out why they judge the approach to be of limited value. The concluding chapter written by Eric Dunning, offers a major statement of what figurational sociologists argue and how their arguments differ from other leading approaches both generally and in the field of sport and leisure. This unique and accessible collection is an important contribution to the growing area of sport and leisure studies."--Jacket
Decentring leisure : rethinking leisure theory by Chris Rojek( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first part, he describes the relations between capitalism and leisure, the meaning of free time for workers in a capitalist system, and the gendered nature of leisure. He then discusses the social construction of leisure under modernity and the main competing arguments - that it imprisons the individual and reinforces conformity or that it liberates people and releases their creativity. Finally, he examines postmodernity, the cultural condition which has radically changed the idea of leisure. Revealing how leisure practices have responded to living in a risk society, he shows that 'free' time becomes something very different when simulation and nostalgia lie at the heart of everyday life. Decentring Leisure will be essential reading for students and lecturers in leisure studies, cultural studies and social theory
Forget Baudrillard? by Chris Rojek( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These original papers provide a guide and analysis to one of the most controversial writers of the present day. They examine Baudrillard's work in relation to consumption, politics, feminism, culture, theory and postmodernism
Leisure theory : principles and practices by Chris Rojek( Book )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leisure practices in the modern Western world exist in the context of mass education, mass communication and mass tourism. In this clear and energetic text, Chris Rojek advocates the theorizing of leisure (taking into account the relationship between individuals, leisure behavior and citizenship) and outlines an approach to the analysis of leisure activity which seeks to consolidate motivation, location and context. Definitions of key concepts and chapter summaries clearly sign-post content for the benefit of readers new to the study of how we relax and enjoy life."
A handbook of leisure studies( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work examines the origins of leisure studies, reviews and evaluates the contributions and approaches to leisure studies of key social science disciplines, and provides a guide to core questions in the organisation of leisure that recur in the literature
Celebrity by Chris Rojek( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cet essai analyse un phénomène social important, la célébrité. Il décrit celle-ci comme "l'attribution à un individu d'un statut de notoriété ou de prestige au sein de la sphère publique" (cf. p. 6). Il explique comment elle coïncide avec le déclin des religions et avec l'essor de la société de consommation. Des distinctions intéressantes sont faites entre célébrité et "célébroïde" (éphémère), et entre notoriété, prestige et renom. [SDM]
Leisure and culture by Chris Rojek( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book, written by one of the leading commentators in the field, clarifies the relationship between culture and leisure. It considers the 'post-work' thesis and questions if, in performative cultures, more free time will lead to greater personal happiness and social harmony. Class and status inequalities will remain in the leisure society. The hopes being nurtured for the post-work nirvana mistake the globalized character of contemporary capital, communication and information flows. The weakening power of nation-states in the world economy reduces national leisure policy as a compelling category of social intervention." "This book breaks new ground in distinguishing 'abnormal leisure' as a proper category of study. It identifies 'invasive', 'mephitic' and 'wild' forms of leisure which challenge both traditional readings of leisure and radical alternatives. The book is sure to generate discussion. It recognizes the central place of leisure in the study of culture and it maps out new terrains of study in our 'free' time."--Jacket
Frank Sinatra by Chris Rojek( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Frank Sinatra is an international icon who continues to hold endless fascination for millions of fans. In this authoritative biography, John Frayn Turner examines every aspect of the charisma, character, life, loves, failings, and fame of Ol' Blue Eyes. Fresh and objective - and not obsessed with mafia allegations - this is a book about Sinatra the good guy as well as the bad. From Sinatra's humble beginnings in working-class Hoboken, to his start in the business singing with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, through the scandals, the loves, the music, and the movies, Turner looks closely at the singer, actor, philanthropist, and man - a three-dimensional view of a complex genius."--Jacket
Leisure for leisure : critical essays by Chris Rojek( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of critical essays which reject the assumptions that leisure relations are relations of freedom, self determination, life satisfaction and growth. The essays look at power and policy issues in leisure relations and attempt to produce a critical sociology of the subject
Ways of escape : modern transformations in leisure and travel by Chris Rojek( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern life is often described as an iron cage from which there is no escape. But popular culture venerates leisure and travel as authentic escape routes from routine and monotony. However, what kind of escape is tolerated in modern society? How is it shaped by historical expectations of leisure and travel? And what do we actually experience when we engage in leisure or travel activity? This fascinating and accomplished book tries to supply answers to these questions. The author grounds the concepts of leisure and travel in the history of the management of pleasure. In a timespan that stretches from the middle ages to the present day he shows how our ideas of leisure and travel have developed. But the book is much more than a mere history. It is the first book to situate leisure and travel in the context of the debate on modernity and postmodernity. And it gives students of culture and leisure guides to the new escape centres opening up in contemporary society such as 'Black Spots', 'Heritage Centres', 'Literary landscapes', 'Theme parks' and 'post tourist' settings. Richly illustrated and written in an engaging style, the book will be of interest to students in the sociology of leisure, cultural studies and modernity/postmodernity
Society and culture : principles of scarcity and solidarity by Bryan S Turner( Book )

17 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Society & Culture is a commanding assessment of the promise of twenty-first century sociology. This tour de force provides the most complete advocacy of sociology after the cultural turn." "This book presents sociology analytically as the study of solidarity, distinct from economics (the study of scarcity), politics (the study of violence), and from cultural studies. The authors contend that the correct materialist base for sociological study is the body, and from this a number of issues, such as the vulnerability of the body, the frailty of the natural environment, and belonging and conflict in society, are articulated which raise a set of universal questions that can revitalize sociology." "Throughout, Turner and Rojek maintain that the classical tradition is a living tradition. Their comparative and historical examination of social institutions also provides an overview of contemporary sociological theory. Acknowledging the incomplete character of the social processes of modernity, they provide a detailed critical survey of the principal social theories that offer solutions to the challenges of modernism. This book will be required reading for all students of contemporary sociology and social theory."--Jacket
The politics of Jean-François Lyotard by Chris Rojek( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Francois Lyotard is widely considered to be the father of postmodernism and his ideas have influenced research and debate across many fields. This edited collection of essays is the first sociological assessment of his work. It brings together leading sociologists representing a wide range of interdisciplinary interests to tackle many of the questions currently being asked about this controversial figure. Lyotard's ideas about culture and ethics raise important questions but it is less clear whether he provides tenable solutions. The Politics of Jean-Francois Lyotard is a significant addition to the material currently available on this highly influential figure and will therefore be essential reading for academics and researchers in the fields of philosophy, sociology and cultural studies
Fame attack : the inflation of celebrity and its consequences by Chris Rojek( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This follow-up to Chris Rojek's hugely successful 2001 book "Celebrity" assesses what celebrity culture means now, especially in the age of reality TV. Rojek argues that the framework for looking at celebrity culture is still valid, but the genres of ascribed celebrity, achieved celebrity, and celetoids overlap. He explorers the principles of celebrity engineering, including the technologies of fame creation in the context of reality TV. He also investigates whether performers and contestants are intentionally staged in particular ways to gain notoriety or acclaim. Rojek argues that we need to look at audiences in more detail, asking whether psychological issues of loneliness and personal uncertainty are really at the core of celebrity culture
The labour of leisure : the culture of free time by Chris Rojek( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leisure has always been associated with freedom, choice, and flexibility. The weekend and vacations were celebrated as 'time off'. In his compelling new book, Chris Rojek turns this shibboleth on its head to demonstrate how leisure has become a form of labor. Modern men and women are required to be competent, relevant, and credible, not only in the work place but with their mates, children, parents, and communities. The requisite empathy for others, socially acceptable values and correct forms of self-presentation demand work. Much of this work is concentrated in non-work activity, compromising traditional connections between leisure and freedom. Ranging widely from an analysis of the inflated aspirations of the leisure society thesis to the culture of deception that permeates leisure choice, the author shows how leisure is inextricably linked to emotional labor and intelligence. It is now a school for life. In challenging the orthodox understandings of freedom and free time, The Labour of Leisure sets out an indispensable new approach to the meaning of leisure
Event power : how global events manage and manipulate by Chris Rojek( Book )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that events are essential elements in corporate-state partnerships of 'invisible government' that have revived the romance of charity so to form illusory communities, while cloaking power imbalances and social inequalities ... [an] account of communication power, social ordering and control. -- back cover
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The Sage handbook of sociology
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Rojek, Chris

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Pop music, pop cultureDictionary of cultural theoristsTouring cultures : transformations of travel and theorySport and leisure in the civilizing process : critique and counter-critiqueDecentring leisure : rethinking leisure theoryForget Baudrillard?Leisure theory : principles and practicesA handbook of leisure studies