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Resilience through leisure?

Ethnographic findings on an ambivalent relationship


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Resilience has recently become an expansive concept in political, economic and scientific fields. The normative and ideological dimensions underlying this concept and the resulting cultural effects have hardly been the subject of empirically grounded research in cultural studies so far, although resilience discourses have long been materialising in everyday and living environments. Using the example of courses that promise actors a life with more leisure, this article asks how ideas of resilience are communicated, made plausible and also critically negotiated in this specific field. To what extent is the increased attractiveness of the concept of leisure as a specific form of the qualification of temporal experience related to ideas of a resilient self? How are ideas of a fundamentally deficient self in need of optimisation expressed here and for which social problems are what kind of solutions being sought? The article assumes that both the concept of leisure and the concept of resilience co-create, on a discursive level, the problems, challenges and crises to which they respond.

resilience, self-optimisation, leisure, work-life balance, body concepts, mindfulness, blurring boundaries of work

Tauschek M. (2021). Resilienz durch Muße?: Ethnografische Befunde zu einer ambivalenten Relation. Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 117(2), 192-213.