Class polarization and leisure activity preferences of African Americans: Intragroup comparisons

Kimberly J. Shinew, Myron F. Floyd, Francis A. McGuire, Francis P. Noe

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Abstract

This study breaks from the practice of making comparisons between races and focuses on the influence of gender, education, and income on the leisure activity preferences of African Americans. Applying the class polarization perspective, we expected to find significant differences between the leisure preferences of African Americans of different socioeconomic status. Further, we expected the differences to be greater between men of different socioeconomic groups as compared to women of different status. Similarities were found between the leisure preferences of men and women in the higher social classes, but not between those in the lower social classes. Additionally, results showed a positive association between the leisure preferences of men of different socioeconomic groups, but not between women of different classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-232
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Class polarization
  • Gender
  • Leisure preferences
  • Social class

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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