Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 217–235 | Cite as

The commodification of leisure: The case of the model airplane hobby and industry

  • Richard Butsch


The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of capitalist production on a leisure activity. It demonstrates that as commodities produced for exchange become the predominant objects used in a leisure activity, the leisure activity itself is reshaped. A case study of the model airplane hobby and industry illuminates this process. The history of the hobby is one of gradual control loss by hobbyists and control gain by capital.


Social Psychology Social Issue Leisure Activity Control Gain Cross Cultural Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Butsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyRider CollegeLawrenceville

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