Prof. Tony Blackshaw

Professor of Leisure Studies and Sociology



Tony joined SHU at the turn of the century. Since 2003, he has produced 10 books, comprising two research monographs, five studies which all critique and reimagine their subjects in unexpected ways, one dictionary, one reader and one voluminous edited collection – as well as numerous book chapters, peer reviewed articles and book reviews, knitting together theory and method to create an ‘indisciplinary’ approach for considering the untidiness of human life in number of different subject fields.

Research Interests

As his job title suggests Tony has particular expertise in the sociology of leisure, but he has published on a variety of other topics, including sport, community studies and social class, and is known internationally for his work on the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman. In recognition of the diversity of his expertise, Tony has been invited scholar at a number of universities across the world as well as at organisations outside the academy, including L’Oréal (Paris) and the research and technology company Substance. He currently writing a book about our coasts Invisible Seasides, which will be published by Routledge in 2018.

Taught Modules

  • Sport and Leisure in Modern Britain
  • Social Perceptions of Leisure


Blackshaw T (in press) Some notes on the language game of dark leisure. Annals of Leisure Research.

Blackshaw T (2017) Decentring leisure: rethinking leisure theory (Book Review). Annals of Leisure Research 20(2): 240-242.

Blackshaw T (2017) Re-Imagining Leisure Studies. London; New York: Routledge.

Blackshaw T (ed) (2016) The New-Bauman Reader: Thinking Sociologically in Liquid Modern Times. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Blackshaw T (2016) British sociology, the bourgeoisie media-sociology hybrid and the problem of social class. Studia Krytyczne/Critical Studies 3: 13-44

Blackshaw T (2014) The crisis in sociological leisure studies and what to do about it. Annals of Leisure Research 17(2): 127-144.

Blackshaw T (2013) Working-class life in Northern England, 1945-2010: The pre-history and after-life of the inbetweener generation. Palgrave Macmillan.

Blackshaw T (2013) How shopping changed leisure. In: Blackshaw T (ed) The Routledge International Handbook of Leisure Studies. London: Routledge, pp.358-372.

Blackshaw T (ed) (2013) The Routledge International Handbook of Leisure Studies. London: Routledge.

Blackshaw T (2013) Social capitalism and leisure policy reconsidered. In: Blackshaw T (ed) The Routledge international handbook of leisure studies. London: Routledge, pp.432-442.

Blackshaw T (2013) Two sociologists: Pierre Bourdieu and Zygmunt Bauman. In: Blackshaw T (ed) The Routledge international handbook of leisure studies. London: Routledge, pp.168-178.

Rojek C and Blackshaw T (2013) The labour of leisure reconsidered. In: Blackshaw T (ed) The Routledge international handbook of leisure studies. London: Routledge, pp.544-549.

Blackshaw T (2012) The man from Leisure: an interview with Chris Rojek. Cultural Sociology 6(3): 319-335.

Blackshaw T (2010) Bauman’s challenge to sociology. In: Davis M and Tester K (eds) Bauman’s challenge: sociological issues for the 21st century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.70-91.

Blackshaw T (2010) Emancipation: fractured lives, certain leisure? In: Rojek C (ed) Leisure Studies, Volume 4. Key Issues for the 21st Century. Sage, pp.311-329.

Blackshaw T (2010) Key concepts in community studies. London: Sage.

Blackshaw T (2010) Leisure: Key Ideas. London; New York: Routledge.

Blackshaw T (2010) Leisure and emotional labour: a commentary on Rojek’s ‘Leisure and emotional intelligence’. World Leisure Journal 52(4): 253-256.

Blackshaw T and Crawford G (2009) The Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies. London: Sage.

Blackshaw T (2008) Bauman on consumerism: living the market-mediated life. In: Jacobsen M, Hviid M and Poder P (eds) The sociology of Zygmunt Bauman. Ashgate.

Blackshaw T (2008) Contemporary community theory and football. Soccer and Society 9(3): 325-345.

Blackshaw T (2007) Zygmunt Bauman. In: Stones R (ed) Key Sociological Thinkers (second edition). Palgrave Macmillan, pp.368-382

Blackshaw T (2006) Too Good for Sociology. Polish Sociological Review 155(3): 293-306.

Blackshaw T (2005) Zygmunt Bauman. Routledge.

Blackshaw T and Crabbe T (2005) Leeds on Trial: Soap opera, performativity and the rationalisation of sports-related violence. Patterns of Prejudice 39(3): 327-342.

Blackshaw T and Long J (2005) What’s the Big Idea? A critical exploration of the concept of social capital and its incorporation into leisure policy discourse. Leisure Studies 24(3): 239-258.

Blackshaw T and Crabbe T (2004) New Perspectives on Sport and ‘Deviance’: consumption, performativity and social control. London: Routledge.

Blackshaw T (2003) Leisure Life: myth, masculinity and modernity. London: Routledge.

Blackshaw T (2002) The Sociology of Sport Reassessed in the Light of the Phenomenon of Zygmunt Bauman. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 37(2): 199-217.

Long J and Blackshaw T (2000) Back to Literacy. Leisure Studies 19(4): 227-245.

Blackshaw T and Long J (1998) A Critical Examination of the Advantages of Investigating Community and Leisure from a Social Network Perspective. Leisure Studies 17(4): 233-248.