The Social Impacts of Street-involved Youths’ Participation in Structured and Unstructured Leisure

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Title: The Social Impacts of Street-involved Youths’ Participation in Structured and Unstructured Leisure
Authors: McClelland, Carolyn
Date: 2012
Abstract: Little research has focused on street-involved youths’ social relationships. As some scholars have suggested that leisure is inherently social, my research sought to understand whether participation in structured and/or unstructured leisure activities influence street-involved youths’ social relationships with other street-involved youths as well with members of the mainstream community. Written in the publishable paper format, this thesis is comprised of two papers, both of which utilize Foucauldian theory. In the first paper, I examine the impacts of street-involved youths’ participation in Health Matters, a leisure program for street-involved youths in Ottawa, Canada. In the second paper, I examine street involved youths’ unstructured leisure activities (e.g., leisure in non-programmed settings) and their subsequent social impacts. Based on my findings, I argue that street-involved youths use both structured and unstructured leisure to form crucial social connections to make their lives more bearable.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23524
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6213
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