Social and Local Inequalities in Leisure. Adolescents’ Experiences in Their Living Space

In: Youth and Globalization
Isabelle DanicAssociate professor in sociology, Université Rennes 2, Rennes, France,

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Barbara FontarAssociate professor in education sciences, Université Rennes 2, Rennes, France,

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Agnès Grimault-LeprinceAssociate professor in sociology, INSPE de Bretagne, Brest, France,

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This article analyses how the political-institutional, spatial, social and symbolic dimensions of their living space influence teenagers’ leisure experiences, both separately and in conjunction with one another. We look in particular at how leisure policies for youth in France, as implemented by urban and rural municipalities, influence adolescents’ experience by defining opportunities, and how territorial inequalities combine with social inequalities. In this perspective, the article reports the results of research based on quantitative and qualitative surveys on leisure activities of teenagers living in diverse geographical and political territories, differentiated in terms of their leisure offer and its geographical accessibility. It appears that territorial inequalities in leisure and transport can be accentuated or compensated for by socio-familial resources and the representations that adolescents and their parents have of their living space.

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