The Leisure Professionals
This chapter seeks to locate the development of professionalisation in public sector leisure services within the framework of explanations of the state’s changing role in leisure. It is ironic that, at the moment of the state’s addition of leisure to the welfare portfolio, the whole concept of the welfare state should be called into question. Increasingly over the last two decades leisure professionals have existed in a state of tension in terms of their own role in service provision, and also in terms of the legitimacy of the very services they traditionally have sought to provide. This has had an inevitable impact on the norms, values, and goals (the assumptive worlds) of local government professionals, and this chapter therefore outlines the trajectory of change, providing a foundation for the analysis in the final chapter of this book of the role of local government professionals in the 1990s.
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