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‘More time for what?’: Exploring intersecting notions of gender, work, age and leisure time among people with cognitive disabilities
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 24, no 3, 263-272 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores intersecting notions of leisure among middle-aged people with intellectual disabilities in the setting of the Swedish welfare state. The participants are recipients of long-term disability services and have experienced the changing ideological frameworks of the welfare effort, which has recently focused on normalisation, inclusion and participation. Structured activities are arranged by disability services in order to normalise living conditions and provide recreation for disabled people. However, the range of activities is constrained by financial resources, by notions of gender and age and by an institutionalised emphasis on the work ethic – leading to constructions of leisure partly as ‘time beside’ where ‘free time’ activities should not interfere with the duties of the working week. The participants’ limited resources and their lack of a strong voice limit their ability to demand their legal rights and leave many of them with ‘too much time with too little to do’.

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Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2015. Vol. 24, no 3, 263-272 p.
Keyword [en]
leisure, intellectual disability, categorical intersections, institutional constraints, Swedish disability services
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-95083DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12135ISI: 000356360900005OAI: diva2:757304
Available from: 2014-10-21 Created: 2014-10-21 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved

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