The International Journal of Urban Labour and Leisure

Issue 2


Hello and welcome to the second edition of The International Journal of Urban Labour and Leisure.

In this issue Beccy Watson takes a look at the relationship between paid and unpaid work and the influences this has on mothering responsibilities, and the leisure and consumption patterns of a group of 'young' mothers living in Leeds.

In a spearate paper Wilkes and Coates question the validity of asking students to undetake projects when post-modernity argues that such projects are meaningless as they try to trap reality in a jar when all aspects of society are negotiable.

Contents Volume 1 Issue 2:

Beccy Watson Motherwork, Motherleisure : Exploring the Leisure and Work Relationships of Young Mothers in Leeds

Ian Wilkes & G. Coates Student Projects in the Post-Modern Era : Is a Post-Modern Methodology Possible?

 Paola Arrigoni The District of Leisure : Bars, Restaurants and Entrepreneurs of the 'Milanesi Naviglif

Nina Robinson An Easy Read : A Study of the Role Girl's Magazines Play in Their Readers Everyday Life

The city and its uses is examined next by Paola Arrigoni. The aim of her work is to demonstrate the existence and to understand the functioning of an economical and Marshallian district of leisure placed in a particular historical area of Milan: the Navigli (leonardian canals). Studying the elements which give success and leisure appeal to this "Concentration of specialised industries in particular places " (according to Alfred Marshall's definition of industrial district) as well as its weakness and limits (principally environmental and social impact and loss of innovative capacity), the research aims to enlighten the economical, urban and cultural weight of the leisure district.

Nina Robinson examines the extent to which young girls pay attention to the magazines they read. The study uses textual analysis. Although a number of studies employing textual analysis have been conducted on women's and girls' magazines, there are few studies which examine what women and girls actually have to say about their experiences of reading magazines. Based on twelve semi-structured interviews with 13 to 15 year old girls from two schools, the study aims to explore the ways in which girls use and interpret magazines and hence what makes them worth reading. Drawing upon a 'dominant audience' perspective (Abercrombie 1996) which recognises the 'polysemic' nature of texts and the heterogeneity of audiences, the study uncovers the different repertoires girls use to talk about magazines.


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