'Football Fitness': constraining and enabling possibilities for the management of leisure time for women

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The aim of the article is to identify constraining and enabling aspects for the management of leisure time for women participating in ‘Football Fitness’, a new ‘sport for all programme’ carried out in associative sport clubs in Denmark. The article is based on six focus group interviews with white, middle-class female participants (N = 32, aged 27–56). An analysis combining Hochschild’s conceptualization of the second and third shift [1989. The Second Shift. New York: Avon] with Elias and Dunning’s perspective on leisure as part of the spare-time spectrum and leisure sport as a quest for excitement [1986. Quest for Excitement. Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process. New York: Basil Blackwell] demonstrates that leisure sport participation must be understood in relation to both spare time, family life, and work life, as these spheres are interrelated. According to the women, both doing and planning housework are constraining for their leisure sport participation. On the other hand, Football Fitness is enabling in the sense that the women experience it as something pleasurable and a ‘free space’.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Volume20
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)427-445
Number of pages19
ISSN1174-5398
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • The Faculty of Science - Leisure, Women, Elias, Quest for exitement, Football, Fitness, Hochschild, Leisure sport

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