Published Papers - Abstract 15

Cartwright S & Warner-Smith P. 'Melt down': Young women's talk of time and its implications for health, well-being and identity in late modernity. Annals of Leisure Research, 2003; 6(4): 319-338

There is considerable evidence that increased levels of consumption, ‘time-pressure’ (Gunthorpe and Lyons, forthcoming) and transitory employment in the current ‘post-industrial’ or ‘late-modern’ society (Bauman, 2001), have implications for health, well-being and leisure (Green, 1998; Lehto, 1998; Robinson and Godbey, 1998; Brown, et al., 2001). In this paper we focus on the leisure experiences of young women, with specific attention to issues that link women’s leisure, identity, health and well-being in the context of late modernity. Data are drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH – also known as Women’s Health Australia). Pointing to differences between modernity and late modernity, with particular attention to quantity and quality of leisure, are narratives about time fragmentation, stress and illness and the importance of locating “the balance” in young women’s lives. The narratives emerged from focus group discussions with young women aged 18 – 23 years and call into question young women’s time use and the implications for health and well-being.