Reclaiming the “F-word”: Structural Feminist Theories of Leisure

  • Bronwen L. Valtchanov
  • Diana C. Parry


This chapter explores how structural feminist theories have informed leisure research over the last four decades. Structural feminist theories are broadly situated with a focus on liberal and radical feminist theories. We suggest how these foundational feminist theories have influenced key ideas about popular culture and leisure. These considerations of structural feminist theories are extended to the development of structural feminist critiques of leisure in six bodies of work by different scholars, within three central contexts: health, physical activity, and popular culture. Collectively, we hope to highlight the value, diversity, and complexity of structural feminist theories of leisure to critique and challenge the social structures and power relations that limit possibilities for all people.


Structural feminist theories Radical feminist theory Liberal feminist theory Popular culture Health Physical activity Leisure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bronwen L. Valtchanov
    • 1
  • Diana C. Parry
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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