Class, Leisure, and Neighborhood Study

I recently launched a new research project on the broad topic of class and leisure. This project involves collecting interview and ethnographic data to investigate what individuals, particularly low-income women, do in their “free time” for enjoyment, their views on leisure activities in which they and their family members take part, and constraints and opportunities for their engaging in leisure activities. The study also explores how neighborhood institutions, particularly nonprofit social service and community organizations, act as “resource brokers” (Small 2006) for families, offer a space for individuals to leisure, and provide other tangible and intangible resources for families. This study is currently in the data collection phase.