The town dictates what I do: the leisure, health and wellbeing of women in a small Australian country town

The town dictates what I do: the leisure, health and wellbeing of women in a small Australian country town Journal Article

Leisure Studies

  • Author(s): Warner-Smith, P., Brown, P.
  • Published: 2002
  • Volume: 21

Abstract: The contribution of leisure to individual health and well-being is well documented. It is also clear that patterns of leisure activity are differentiated by gender and regional differences, as well as those of age, class and ethnicity. This paper explores the leisure and well-being of mid aged rural women in a small Australian country town in the late 1990s, focusing on issues which have been identified in the Canadian literature as being significant for women in isolated areas. These issues, which constrain the choices women make about their lives, include poor job opportunities, a lack of public transport and other facilities, family transience, community designs that isolate women in their homes, and the politics of being ‘different’ in a small community. Commonalities in the lives of rural women in North America, New Zealand and Australia indicate that these issues may more broadly characterise the lives of women in isolated towns in western post-industrial societies. Data are drawn from focus group interviews, augmented with observation, and the study is contextualized in findings from the Women's Health Australia longitudinal study (WHA).

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Warner-Smith, P., Brown, P., 2002, The town dictates what I do: the leisure, health and wellbeing of women in a small Australian country town, Volume:21, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4313.

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