Children’s leisure lives are changing, with increasing dominance of organised activities and screen-based leisure. These shifts have reconfigured parenting practices too. However, our current understandings of these processes are race-blind and based mostly on the experiences of white middle-class families.
Drawing on an innovative study of middle-class British Indian families, this book brings children’s and parents’ voices to the forefront and bridges childhood studies, family studies and leisure studies to theorise children’s leisure from a fresh perspective.
Demonstrating the salience of both race and class in shaping leisure cultures within middle-class racialised families, this is an invaluable contribution to key sociological debates around leisure, childhoods and parenting ideologies.
153 Voluntary Sector Review • vol 6 • no 1 • 153–71 • © Policy Press 2015 • #VSR Print ISSN 2040 8056 • Online ISSN 2040 8064 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080515X14356599739121 research Voluntary action and leisure: an historical perspective 1830-19391 Robert Snape, email@example.com University of Bolton, UK Since the early 19th century, instrumental voluntary intervention in leisure has been a prominent aspect of social reform. Despite this, leisure remains relatively neglected in the historiography of voluntary action. This article reviews the
In this chapter I set into motion a critical sociology of children’s leisure that frames my study of British Indian children’s leisure geographies. In doing so, I contend that long held adult-centric assumptions at the heart of leisure studies have resulted in the marginalisation of children within leisure theory. Similarly, childhood scholars working on leisure have failed to build bridges with leisure studies resulting in these two fields of research developing in mutual isolation. In response, I propose a critical sociological framework for unpacking
and son and that I could come round to do the interviews one weekend. But finding a suitable time, he confessed, was the biggest obstacle. Ajay described how every hour outside paid work and school time was meticulously planned, with weekends set aside for ‘family time’, which generally included going to the cinema, taking their son to activities, eating out and having ‘fun’: each unit of leisure scheduled into the calendar. Where to find the time for face-to-face in-person interviews while making sure that much coveted ‘family time’ is not sacrificed? As he put it
63 THREE Rural connectivity and older people’s leisure participation Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Yvette Staelens, Gloria Lankshear, Andrew Phippen, Avril Silk and Daniel Zahra The leisure participation of older people has been an enduring research topic in gerontology, with current interest focused on the health and well-being benefits of leisure engagement as part of ‘active ageing’. This attention reflects growing epidemiological evidence on the positive impact of continuing participation in older age in activities such as hobbies, cultural pursuits and
properly aware of its status as a migrant city through my encounters with such cultural events as the Notting Hill Carnival, the Chinese New Year in Soho, or the Diwali celebration in Trafalgar Square.’ Taylor’s (2021) lament of having had only a passing engagement with London’s identity as a migrant city sits alongside an acknowledgement of the key role that community-based leisure spaces – such as the Diwali festivities organised every year in Trafalgar Square – play not only in the collective life of migrant and diasporic communities but also in facilitating
Introduction This chapter takes as its inspiration the well-established idea of living well with dementia and how this somewhat vague and contested idea might be effectively operationalised through an application to leisure and tourism businesses and activities. The purpose of this chapter is to give an overview of a nascent area of dementia-friendly activity: that of the visitor economy, which encompasses the range of businesses, services and spaces used by visitors to a neighbourhood, and often by local residents too. The interactions in, and value of
117 SEVEN Leisure lives on the margins: (re)imagining youth in Glasgow’s East End Susan Batchelor, Lisa Whittaker, Alistair Fraser and Leona Li Ngai Ling Introduction Compared to previous generations, young people today have increased resources to engage in leisure, as well as a greater range of activities from which to choose. Changing patterns of education and employment may have extended the period during which young people are dependent on their family and the state, but they have also increased the period in which young people are able to prioritise
The burgeoning trend of middle-class children’s participation in a panoply of organised leisure activities in the global north has received significant scholarly attention in recent years. This is largely due to the fact that this genre of children’s everyday leisure has been identified to completement school education in reproducing class advantages across generation by equipping children with coveted competencies and extra-curricular achievements that can put them in good stead in higher education and professional job market in the future. Just as middle
“I actually feel quite lucky because most children don’t get to go to activities because they are poor; so, I am happy that I get to learn,” eight-year-old Anandi paused and said while talking to me about her assorted leisure pursuits. She attends a state primary school in a middle-class neighbourhood in West London where she lives with her parents (her mother is a medical doctor and her father, a management consultant) and her brother Chirag, who is four years her elder. On most weekdays after school, she takes part in speech and drama, swimming, and yoga