Leisure and Social Inequality in Australia

Mckay J. (1986) Leisure and Social Inequality in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 22 3: 343-367. doi:10.1177/144078338602200301

Author Mckay J.
Title Leisure and Social Inequality in Australia
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-2978
Publication date 1986-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/144078338602200301
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 343
End page 367
Total pages 25
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Secondary analysis of a national survey was used to investigate the ‘democratisation of leisure’ in Australia. Contrary to the democratisation thesis, which suggests that leisure has mainly become a matter of ‘individual taste℉, the study revealed that leisure patterns were associated with age, gender, education, income and marital status. It was concluded that contemporary welfare state policies which are designed to change people's attitudes toward ‘lifestyle’ do nothing to alter structural factors that shape people's leisure behaviour. It is argued that unless structural inequalities are reduced or eliminated, it is unlikely that leisure patterns in Australia will become democratic.
Q-Index Code C1
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