Decentring Work (Paperback)

Heather Mair (University of Wa


How has it come to be that paid work is seen as the primary avenue for attaining sustenance, self-esteem, and human dignity? This book encourages scholars and practitioners to rethink the relationships between leisure, social policy, and human development. Drawing on the expertise of some of the most innovative minds in the field of leisure studies from across Canada, Decentring Work questions how and why we have come to value paid employment as the marker of social success and individual self-worth and, more provocatively, investigates the role that leisure might play in its stead. The contributors probe the dimensions of marginalization and oppression experienced by groups such as women living in poverty, aboriginal youth, new immigrants, and older adults and show how leisure can be a vital element in confronting issues in the social construction of homelessness, incarceration, dementia care, disability, and ethnicity. Using a mix of approaches from in-depth empirical studies to more conceptually driven discussions, the chapters in Decentring Work weave together effectively into a treatise on notions of work, leisure, power, and social change. This new collection is essential reading for anyone in the field of leisure studies, recreation, or social work who is interested in the role that leisure can and should play in reshaping human and community development. With Contributions By: Susan M. Arai Rishia Burke Don Dawson Sherry L. Dupis Darla Fortune Karen M. Fox Wendy Frisby B. Leigh Golden Leah Katerberg Brett D. Lashua Heather Mair Alison Pedlar Donald G. Reid Janna Taylor Susan Tirone Dawn Trussell Felice Yuen

Product Details

  • Product code: BELQW
  • ISBN: 9781552385005
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.9cm x 15.5cm
  • Pages: 280
  • Publish date: Tue Jan 04 00:00:00 GMT 2011
  • Book points: 0


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