Against Limits: A Post-structural Theorizing of Resistance in Leisure

  • Erin Sharpe


In its recognition of oppositional behavior as informed and political, resistance offers us a way to explore the interconnections between leisure and politics in meaningful ways. However, for the concept to have utility for theorizing theses interconnections, it needs to be located within broader theorizations of power. Drawing on the work of Foucault, this chapter offers a post-structural theorizing of power and resistance. In contrast to modernist binary conceptualizations of power and resistance, Foucault conceptualized power as circulating through a culture or a system and exercised at innumerable points and times. To Foucault, resistance was power exercised in the attempt to destabilize the limits of the present order. The chapter applies Foucault’s perspective of resistance as “against limits” to leisure, and argues that we can think of leisure as resistance when it expands the possibilities for what we can do and who we might imagine ourselves to be.


Resistance Power relations Modernism Post-structuralism Foucault Freedom Leisure Sport 


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  • Erin Sharpe
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  1. 1.Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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