Inequality Young People with Disabilities Experience in Leisure Activities

1724 WordsJun 15, 20187 Pages
“… holidays are widely regarded as a `necessary' part of contemporary life” (Smith, & Hughes, 1999, p. 124). Smith and Hughes discuss this quote in their study Disadvantaged families and the meaning of the holiday and discover, the importance families place on holidays. When examining leisure, a range of disciplinary approaches can be applied, and in this case psychology and sociology will be explored. More specifically psychology and how body image and cyber bullying can impact leisure participation, along with sociology, which gives an insight into gendered leisure and social class. This essay will explore inequality and will be achieved by critically examining 5 young people with disabilities on a trip to The Melbourne Cup. By…show more content…
Gender in Leisure and in particular sports is still an ongoing issue in society. Current society genders sports and if seen to enjoy or play these sports women are seen as being less feminine. They are to participate in the “…appropriate” (Jun, & Kyle, 2012, p. 354) behaviours that coincide with being female. Gender in leisure is impacted by society, society implies which gender should and should not participate in certain leisure activities. When discussing leisure and society, class can further be explored. Class can be determined by your “… occupation, income and education” (Reissman, 1954, p. 79). In ancient Egyptian civilisation there was a strong class structure present, the upper class participated in more sedentary activities while the lower class participated in more physical activities. Over the many years the society’s view of leisure and class has continuously evolved. In current society, there are no restrictions on leisure; all are free to participate in leisure activities regardless of their class. A class structure in current society although never really mentioned is certainly well alive. Veal, Darcy & Lynch (2013) recognize 4 classes in Australia, the upper class, the middle class, the working class and the underclass (page 69-73). Class determines which type of sports individuals will be involved in and to what extent they will be

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