Are We Having Fun Yet? Leisure and Consumption in the Post-apartheid City
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
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Recent international literature across a range of disciplines describes how leisure and consumption have become major forces in contemporary society. Such developments have social, economic and geographical implications. At a time when these global changes are combining with dramatic local transformation, there is an urgent need for South African scholars to engage with international debates on leisure and consumption. The end of apartheid has allowed people to avail themselves of leisure and consumption opportunities from which they were previously excluded, yet the shift from public‐ to private‐sector provision is imposing new geographies of deprivation and exclusion. The situation is further complicated by the country's increasing incorporation into global patterns of consumption. This paper seeks to initiate debate and set out an agenda for research on the role of leisure and consumption in shaping South African society and geography.