Community music and rational recreation

Roger Mantie

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Care and concern for the welfare of others is a central tenet of community music. Care often masks deeper issues of power and control, however. This chapter interrogates the nature of community music care and concern through an examination of the ancient Greek concept of schole, and the concept of ‘rational recreation,’ a term used to describe the paternalist practices of late nineteenth century reformers who, through a programme of social control, sought to ensure people engaged their leisure time ‘wisely.’ Through an examination of leisure, rational recreation, education, and mass leisure, questions are raised about the benevolent intentions and innocent assumptions often made in the name of community music practice and cultural democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Community Music
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190219505
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Cultural democracy
  • Leisure
  • Mass leisure
  • Rational recreation
  • Schole
  • Social control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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