By Tony Blackshaw
Rest existence is a ground-breaking examine of guys and masculinity. targeting the social networks and relaxation life of a selected crew of working-class males - 'the lads' - Tony Blackshaw argues that conventional social collectivities resembling classification are being outdated. as a substitute, relaxation existence is now the significant area during which contributors assert their identities and ensure their belonging. For 'the lads', rest time is the pivotal aspect in a fragmented lifestyles which not just permits them to model a few feel of order in an international of endemic sickness but additionally presents possibilities for the statement in their masculinity.The ebook uniquely combines 'the lads" personal uncooked and compelling bills in their relaxation reviews with a cosmopolitan interpretive research. In doing so, it attracts at the paintings of significant theorists akin to Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault, and particularly Bauman to boost new severe insights into our realizing of the which means of leisure.Leisure existence awakens the sociological mind's eye. It bargains a brand new method of the learn of masculinity and the ethnography of rest, making it applicable for classes in sociology, relaxation, cultural and gender stories.
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To begin with, though, there is a need to outline some poststructuralist assumptions, as these enable me to set out the backcloth against which I offer my critique of ethnography. It is to these that I now turn. As I have said already this critique moves away from traditional ethnographic approaches to provide a conciliation of Foucault’s (1980a) anti-realist methodological approach with ethnography. In this regard the critique deals squarely with ethnography’s over-investment in the idea of the rational, thinking ‘subject’.
We danced—if that is the right word for it—for most of the rest of the evening. I joined in, but I also observed it all. To the casual observer, the scenes that took place that evening probably resembled a series of snapshots from a slapstick comedy. As the DJ flipped through his repertoire ‘the lads’ could be seen, at different points, pushing and shoving, holding hands, holding each other, lying on the dance floor; generally ‘having a good time’. Yet what I felt and observed was something more than that.
From reading the episode at the beginning this section of the chapter the reader will have seen that inherent in the spatio-temporal configuration of the leisure life-world of ‘the lads’ is a Deliberation 33 particular quality that involves its members in such a way that duration and becoming are invoked in a way which challenges commonsense conceptions. Surface and depth in ethnographic work If conventional ethnographic accounts have tended to be unimaginative in their understandings of ontological questions they have also been largely uncritical in their interpretation of what constitutes the ‘proper’ way of doing ethnographic work.