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Question: TMA 03 Part 1: ‘Leisure is simply the opposite of work’. Compare and contrast how concepts of agency and structure challenge this view. Illustrate your answer with reference to studies of leisure activities. OU Mark 71% (2:2)

Answer: In researching and understanding the relationship between work and leisure, social scientists have utilised multiple concepts. Within the following essay, I will outline two core concepts relevant to this area, those of agency which is defined as “The capacity to act freely according to one's own choices, intentions and desires.” (Banks & Barnett, 2012) and social structure and explore the differences and similarities between them.

Commencing with social structure, which social scientists acknowledge to be “stable and enduring social institutions, organisations or arrangements that make up the social world, and that appear to exist independently of individuals and their agency” (Banks & Barnett, 2012). Social structures are often identified as the boundaries to many individual’s choices and behaviours, however they are also applied in the research and recognition of patter...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Social Science
  • Course: DD206 The uses of social science
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 71%
  • Words: 1120
  • Date submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Date written: January, 2017
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 7985

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