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