The sociology of fun

Fincham, Ben (2016) The sociology of fun. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London. ISBN 9780230358577

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What is fun? How is it distinct from happiness or pleasure? How do we know when we are having it? This book is the first to provide a comprehensive sociological account of this taken for granted social phenomenon. Fincham investigates areas such as our memories of fun in childhood, the fun we have as adults, our muted experiences of fun at work and our lived experiences of having fun. Using first-hand accounts and a new approach to interpreting fun, the paradox of fun as not serious or unimportant whilst at the same time essential for a happy life is exposed. Addressing questions of control, transgression and the primacy of social relationships in fun, The Sociology of Fun is intended to provoke discussion about how we want to have fun and who determines the fun we have.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Fun, Happiness, Sociology, Childhood, Adulthood, Leisure, Memory
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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Depositing User: Ben Fincham
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 15:19
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