This text makes a contribution to considering leisure as a primary aspect of cultural life. Chris Rojek treats modern culture as performative, that is, there are strong pressures on us to keep busy, even if we are busy doing nothing. Leisure is analyzed as a "status placing" activity. The implications of the post-work thesis for leisure, the role of inequality in leisure practice are explored. Perhaps the most notable feature of the book is the discussion of the abnormal forms of leisure and the attack on the medicalized model of society. The book should be of interest to anyone in leisure studies and cultural studies.