Leisure and Unemployment: Struggles for a Better World

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Dachgeschoss (Juridicum)
RC13 Sociology of Leisure (host committee)

Language: English

Unemployment and its consequences are one of the worst social problems facing the world today. The biggest battalions in the reserve army of the unemployed are young people and those in “late career”. This session focuses on these two unemployed groups in separate cohorts of the life cycle. The unemployed are defined as those who have been involuntarily terminated from their jobs and as a consequence seek re-employment.
The particular emphasis of the session is on how unemployment affects the leisure of individuals and whether job loss excludes people from customary activities. Unemployment is said to cause social exclusion, since one has no right to work, no dignity or freedom and no way of planning private and professional life and organising individuality. The concept of exclusion and its application to unemployment need to be examined by types of exclusion within the domain of leisure. The session expects to examine: 

  • unemployment and the types of exclusions it causes; 
  • the relationships between unemployment, leisure and disadvantage;
  • research on unemployment and social exclusion in leisure; 
  • and implications for equity and inclusion.
Session Organizer:
Francis LOBO, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Rashmi JAIN, University of Rajasthan, India
Unemployment and Leisure: The Marienthal Legacy
Francis LOBO, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Unemployment a Social Menace: (A study conducted in Nainital ,Uttarakhand,India)
Garima PAL, Kumaon university n symbiosis law school, India
Underemployment and Wellbeing Among Late Career Workers: What's Leisure Got to Do with It?
Margo HILBRECHT, University of Waterloo, Canada; Steven MOCK, University of Waterloo, Canada; Bryan SMALE, University of Waterloo, Canada
Some Years Later – Perspectives on Diverse Worlds of Unemployed Adults: Consequences for Leisure, Lifestyle, and Well-Being
Mark HAVITZ, University of Waterloo, Canada; Peter MORDEN, Concordia University, Canada
Unemployment and Free Time Patterns By Gender
Lina GALVEZ MUNOZ, professor, Spain; Paula RODRIGUEZ, associate professor, Spain; Oriel SULLIVAN, Professor of Sociology of Gender, United Kingdom
Relationship Between Leisure, Unemployment and Labour Force
Naina SHARMA, University of Rajasthan, India