The Leisure Experience of Children Living in the Informal Neighborhoods of Soacha, Colombia

Andrea Díaz, doctoral student at the program Leisure, Culture and Communication for Human Development at Deusto University (Spain) shares an update on her PhD research with us.

From June to September 2019, the PhD dissertation named The Leisure Experience of Children Living in the Informal Neighborhoods of Soacha, Colombia continues with data collection. On this occasion, narrative accounts from more children, parents, volunteers and communities’ leaders will be collected in order to explore leisure barriers and lack of leisure opportunities for children. This investigation is founded on an interpretive paradigm, so that children, from six to twelve years old, as well as other agents can express how children experience leisure in underprivileged contexts. Some of the preliminary results of this research work are that children have meaningful leisure experiences, but also face multiple leisure barriers, although seldom perceived by children themselves. However, communities’ members, volunteers of civic organizations and the school help to mitigate those barriers. This investigation is developed under the PhD program Leisure, Culture and Communication for Human Development at University of Deusto (Spain) and the field work will be financially supported by The Maureen Harrington Fund for promoting Leisure Studies, especially from Leisure Studies journal editorial board.

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