The concept of praxis: cultural studies and the leisure industries

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in C. Rojek, S. Shaw & A. J. Veal (eds), A Handbook of Leisure Studies, 1st ed, Vol: 0

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Barker, Chris
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In this chapter I shall be exploring the concept of praxis and its applications in the context of selected leisure activities as understood by writers and researchers in the domain of cultural studies. I first sketch out the meaning of the concept of praxis in general terms before settling on the notion that it can be understood not only as an overcoming of theory and practice but also as a kind of 'situated creative doing'. Subsequently, I seek to illustrate this process through a somewhat whirlwind tour of the debates in cultural studies about watching television, consuming commodities and developing youth subcultural style.