Women work and leisure the days of our lives

Maria T. Allison, Margaret Carlisle Duncan

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Utilizing a qualitative research methodology, this study attempts to identify and understand the experience of enjoyment (or lack thereof) within the work and nonwork (i.e., family, leisure) spheres of working women. Specifically, the study attempts to identify the contexts in which professional and blue-collar women experience flow (Csikszentmihalyi 1975) or its antithesis (i.e., anti-flow) which can be characterized by boredom, frustration, and anxiety. In addition, the study examines the nature and the meanings of these experiences within the worklnonwork lives of these women. Findings of this study suggest that professional women tended to experience flow in both work and nonworking settings, while the blue-collar women tended to experience flow only in their nonwork (i.e., home, leisure) spheres. Both groups experienced some degree of anti-flow when they performed tasks which were repetitious, tedious, and simplistic, regardless of the setting. While such tasks constituted a very small part of the professional women's jobs, they formed the major part of the bluecollar women' s jobs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-161
Number of pages19
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987


  • Anti-flow
  • Blue-collar
  • Flow
  • Leisure
  • Nonwork
  • Professional
  • Women
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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