Recreation and Re-creation: Portuguese young people and their leisure activities in Macao
Sociology ISCTE Lisbon, Portugal
There is a widespread consensus on the relevance peer groups and leisure activities have in structuring young people's identities during the life stage we call youth.
There is also a general agreement about a set of transversal leisure activities which tended to be globally held by young people, at least in developed and developing countries (such as watching TV, listening to music, going out with their friends, playing with electronic games and gadgets), as well as the recognition of the diversity of different ways they invest in these and other leisure practices, according to some variables: gender, economic, cultural and social capital together with their cultural backgrounds.
Taking this into account, we are going to study how Portuguese young migrants who lived in Macao in the 80's and 90's of the XX century used to occupy their free time and which kind of leisure activities they developed, relating their practices with their personal dispositions and social positions; their social networks and primary cultural references; their migrant status and no less important the context of action, that is, the geographical and cultural characteristics of Macao.