Mother and child constructions of risk in outdoor play

Allin, Linda, West, Amanda and Currie, Stephanie (2014) Mother and child constructions of risk in outdoor play. Leisure Studies, 33 (6). pp. 644-657. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

Managing the risks to which children are exposed in contemporary Britain is complex, requiring parents to balance opportunities for a child’s development with an appropriate concern for the potential consequences. Managing risk is particularly an issue for mothers, who, despite societal changes, tend to retain overall responsibility for the care of children. This paper explores the meanings mothers attach to risk and how this influences their children’s outdoor play. It also extends the scope of much existing literature by including children’s own perspectives on risk in outdoor play. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 12 mothers who had children aged between 9 and 11 years old who attended a north-east school. Two focus groups were also held, each with six of the children. Findings are analysed in relation to mother and child constructions of risk; mothers and children as risk managers; and negotiating mothering choices. The paper pays particular attention to the way in which mothers’ decisions were framed within risk cultures and dominant views of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mothering.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Sciences > Sport Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences
Depositing User: Amanda West
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2016 09:14
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 04:31
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6085

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