Precarious leisure: (re)imagining youth, transitions and temporality

Batchelor, S. , Fraser, A. , Whittaker, L. and Li, L. (2020) Precarious leisure: (re)imagining youth, transitions and temporality. Journal of Youth Studies, 23(1), pp. 93-108. (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2019.1710483)

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The precarity of young people’s transitions to work has been a longstanding focus in youth studies. As Furlong and others have demonstrated, processes of social, political and economic restructuring have led to a pronounced instability for young people entering the labour market. While the notion of labour market precarity has gained attention, the ‘contamination’ of precarity into other spheres of life such as leisure has been less developed. This article seeks to extend these debates through interrogation of the concept of ‘leisure precarity’. Drawing on a qualitative study of youth leisure in Glasgow, it argues that temporal anxieties have reframed young people’s experiences and understandings of leisure such that young people have come to fear ‘empty’ or unproductive time. The pressures of juggling work and study, or looking for work, meant that most participants in our research had limited time free for leisure, and temporal rhythms became fragmented between past, present and future. The paper argues that these multiple and contradictory leisure dispositions reveal new forms of individualisation and uncertainty, as well as traditional patterns of inequality, thereby bringing youth transitions into dialogue with the study of precarity in the twenty-first century.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fraser, Professor Alistair and Batchelor, Dr Susan
Authors: Batchelor, S., Fraser, A., Whittaker, L., and Li, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Youth Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9680
Published Online:23 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Youth Studies 23(1):93-108
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
168561(Re)imaginging youth: a comparative sociology of Scotland and Hong KongSusan BatchelorEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K010409/1S&PS - Social Centre for Criminal Justice Research