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Embracing city life: physical activities and the social integration of the new generation of female migrant workers in urban China

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posted on 05.08.2020, 08:54 by Huan Xiong, Alan Bairner, Zhi Tang
Drawing on empirical data from interviews with young Chinese female rural-urban migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta of China’s Guangdong province, this article explores the ways in which physical activities help to fulfil the ‘urban dream’ of this new generation of female migrant workers and promote their social integration. The article demonstrates that physical activities exert their influence and facilitate the young female migrant workers’ social integration into cities through four dimensions: ‘space’, ‘network’, ‘identity’ and ‘image’. Participating in sport and exercise expands the scale of workers’ living spaces and contributes to building social networks and selfidentification. It also enhances female migrant workers’ individualistic values, as opposed to family-oriented ones. These new values allow them to enjoy recreational life and to change the stereotypical image of rural-urban migrant workers.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Leisure Studies

Volume

39

Issue

6

Pages

782 - 796

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Studies on 3 August 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02614367.2020.1800802.

Acceptance date

19/07/2020

Publication date

2020-08-03

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0261-4367

eISSN

1466-4496

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Alan Bairner. Deposit date: 4 August 2020