Young People, Risk and Leisure: Constructing Identities in Everyday Life

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Social theorists have claimed that modern life, being increasingly risky and uncertain, is profoundly affecting experiences of everyday life and our sense of self. Drawing upon empirical and theoretical work on young people's risk taking and leisure, this book examines such claims in detail. Various authors apply and respond to notions of "risk society" by grounding such ideas in specific perceptions of risk and practices of risk management, revealing the complexity of risk and ...

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Overview

Social theorists have claimed that modern life, being increasingly risky and uncertain, is profoundly affecting experiences of everyday life and our sense of self. Drawing upon empirical and theoretical work on young people's risk taking and leisure, this book examines such claims in detail. Various authors apply and respond to notions of "risk society" by grounding such ideas in specific perceptions of risk and practices of risk management, revealing the complexity of risk and its social and gender specific nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403901163
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Mitchell is in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York.

Robin Bunton is at the University of Teeside.

Eileen Green is at the Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Teeside.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Young People, Risk and Leisure: an Overview—R. Bunton, E. Green & W. Mitchell
PART ONE: DANGER, UNCERTAINTY AND PLEASURE
• From Policy to Place: Theoretical Explorations of Gender-Leisure Relations in Everyday Life—C. Aitchison
• Inclusion and Exclusion in Rural Labour Markets—F. Cartmel
• Pleasure, Aggression and Fear: The Driving Experiences of Young Sydneysiders—D. Lupton
PART TWO: SPACE, PLACE AND LEISURE
• Sites of Contention: Young People, Community and Leisure Space—A. Foreman
• Living in my Street: Adolescents' Perceptions of Health and Social Risk—K. Gillen, A. Guy & M. Banim
• Youth, Leisure, Travel and Fear of Crime: An Australian Study— J. Tulloch
PART THREE: LEISURE, LIFECHANGES AND FEMALE IDENTITY
• Embodied Identities: Young Mothers Negotiating Space and Place—E. Green
• Risk, Motherhood and Children's Play Spaces: The Importance of Young Mothers' Experiences and Risk Management Strategies—W. Mitchell
• Risking It?

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