Post-structuralist philosophies: Towards an etho-politics of everyday leisure practices

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Title Post-structuralist philosophies: Towards an etho-politics of everyday leisure practices
Author Fullagar, Simone Patricia
Journal Name World Leisure Journal
Editor Bondan Jung
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Canada
Publisher World Leisure and Recreation Association
Abstract This article draws upon FoucaultÕs (1988; 1990; 1997) later work on ethics and subjectivity to consider SocrateÕs timeless question Ôhow are we to live?Õ. In this way philosophy and leisure practices can be brought together to problematise and open up different ways of thinking about the nature of everyday freedom. Specifically, a case study of an Australian community garden project (Northey Street City Farm) outlines the transformative potential of leisure practices that are produced through emerging political formations and urban public spaces. Drawing upon a governmentality perspective (Dean, 1999; Rose, 1999) leisure is conceptualised as an etho-political practice of freedom that constitutes the self, and is constituted through, the complex discursive formations of advanced liberalism. As a public space Northey Street invites, and incites, participants to constitute themselves in particular ways as ethical subjects through leisure practices and power relations. This article adopts a deconstructive approach as it reconsiders certain assumptions about subjectivity and freedom that have informed leisure theor y through a focus on the parameters of Ôactivity, time, space and experienceÕ. An etho-politics of leisure can open up alternate ways of thinking about the particular relationships between power and freedom that shape contemporary forms of subjectivity and social engagement.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.worldleisure.org/about/publications/world_leisure_journal/print_version.php
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2004. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors
Volume 46
Issue Number 1
Page from 14
Page to 22
ISSN 1607-8055
Date Accessioned 2005-02-02
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5431
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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