1006 – Exploring Intersections of Leisure Behaviors and Black Individuals/Families in Rural Illinois
Taylor Brooks, Graduate Student, Western Illinois University
It was not until the early 1960's that researchers began exploring the leisure behavior of racial minority groups. Researchers have since established that the leisure patterns of minoritized groups differ from those of their White counterparts. While the literature has suggested multiple hypotheses as to why racial groups recreate the way they do, there are still significant gaps in understanding the meanings and processes minoritized individuals and families negotiate while making choices in leisure. The research presented in this session provides a richer understanding of the ways, if any, race intersects the leisure meanings and behaviors of Black individuals and families in rural Illinois.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Pinpoint and describe some of the sociological structures and forces that influence the leisure needs and wants of Black individuals and families.
- Walk away with a better understanding of the leisure patterns of Black individuals/families and, therefore, an ability to discern what programs meet this group’s leisure needs and wants.