Who Should Inhabit Leisure? Disability, Embodiment, and Access to Leisure

  • Mary Ann Devine
  • Ken Mobily


This chapter explores who should inhabit or have access to leisure? The purpose of the chapter is to expose the discourses surrounding access of people with disabilities to leisure experiences. From this frame, we discuss ways in which access to leisure is shaped around discourses of the body, how discourses of the body are a response (e.g., political, cultural, historical, and theoretical) to difference, and ways in which leisure can be understood based on the various discourses surrounding embodiment of people with disabilities. One point of discussion is the social context of embodiment and disability. Specifically, we discuss how context shapes discourses around embodiment and disability. Lastly, the chapter considers the ways the discourses around disability shape the leisure discussion with a focus on how some differences are valued and others are not.


Post-structuralism Disability Leisure Self-determination Social capital Social construction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ann Devine
    • 1
  • Ken Mobily
    • 2
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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