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Leisure and Feminist Theory



December 1998 | 219 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Wide-ranging and challenging, this book offers a host of new insights into how leisure theory has handled the question of gender difference and inequality.

Providing a critical introduction to the leading positions in leisure theory, Betsy Wearing guides the reader through their strengths and weaknesses from a feminist perspective. This book draws attention to the various leisure experiences that women encounter and construct in their everyday lives and the meanings that these experiences have for them. Her perspective takes into account such poststructuralist ideas as multiple subjectivities of women and multiple femininities; the possibilities of resistance to male dominance in leisure; the potential through leisure of rewriting masculine and feminine scripts; and leisure as a site of struggle to challenge hegemonic masculinity.

 
Introduction
 
Leisure Is Good for Society and the Individual
Functionalist Theories  
 
Structure and Agency in Access to Leisure
Marxist and Neo-Marxist Theories  
 
The Self and Freedom and Constraint in Leisure
Interactionist Theories  
 
Hegemonic Struggles in Leisure Spaces
Cultural Studies  
 
Leisure and Masculinities
 
Embodiment,Emotions and Leisure
 
Public Leisure Places and Spaces
Urban Sociology  
 
Personal Leisure Spaces
Poststructuralist Theories  
 
The View from the `Other', from Margin to Centre
Postcolonial Theory  
 
Conclusion

`A critical introduction to the leading positions in leisure theory is provided to guide the student through their strengths and weaknessnes from feminist perspectives. It draws attention to the various leisure experiences that women encounter and construct in their everyday lives and the meanings that these experiences have for them' - CAB Abstracts

`I can recommend this book for its comprehensive review of the pre-existing literature.... Leisure and Feminist Theory is an incredibly through, up-to-date overview of the field.' - Feminism & Psychology

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