‘We just thought everyone else is going so we might as well’: middle-class parenting and franchised baby/toddler swimming

Allen-Baker, Georgia, Velija, Philippa and Dodds, Jenna (2020) ‘We just thought everyone else is going so we might as well’: middle-class parenting and franchised baby/toddler swimming. Leisure Studies. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0261-4367 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the continual and rapid growth of privatised baby/toddler swimming franchises (birth to 4 years) as part of a wider trend and market growth of baby/toddler sports, for example, Rugby Tots, Baby Ballet, and Little Kickers (football). Throughout the paper, we apply Bourdieu’s concepts of capital and habitus to understand parents’ motivations for taking their baby/toddler to organised swimming classes. These sporting activities are expensive for parents with each session costing between £6-20 for a baby/toddler to participate which means that only parents with economic capital can afford to consume these activities. Our findings suggest that consuming these activities reflect views on good parenting, support the development of physical and social capital and forms of family class distinction which start in the early years. We argue this is significant as such early formative experiences support the development of leisure and sporting habitus which have value and may influence future leisure choices and opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-school sport, parenting, class habitus, life-skil, Bourdieu
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 14:12
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 14:55
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44563

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