Relinking work and leisure in Late Victorian and Edwardian England: The emergence of a police subculture

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Studies of the history of leisure have emphasized the separation between work and leisure which developed with the growth of industrial society. Only scant attention has been devoted by historians and sociologists of leisure to the continuing links between work and leisure throughout the nineteenth century, as reflected in recreational activities organized by employers for their employees. Such attention as has been paid to the subject has concentrated on industrial workers, largely ignoring the more systematic and extensive provision of leisure in work organizations belonging to the public sector. In an attempt to explore linkages between work and leisure in this emerging sector, the article focuses on the English police force and will address the following questions. What did the authorities aim to achieve in imposing control through leisure? How did the policemen react to such policies and was this strategy successful? What prompted the social and economic elite to become involved in moulding entertainment for police employees, and what was the impact of police leisure on the community at large?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-241
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Review of Social History
Issue number21
StatePublished - Aug 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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