Dissolution of associational life? Testing the individualization and informalization hypotheses on leisure activities in the Netherlands between 1975 and 2005

E.J. van Ingen, P. Dekker

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Abstract

In this paper we examine whether individualization and informalization processes have occurred in the field of leisure in The Netherlands, by analyzing the social context of a wide range of activities between 1975 and 2005. We find that the choice of a particular leisure context is dependent on education, gender, year of birth, age and time pressure. We find evidence for informalization, but—contrary to popular belief—not for individualization. The informalization trend follows a pattern of cohort replacement, and is also caused by a rise in the average education level in the population. Our findings imply that research on civil society, community and social capital should not only be concerned with membership rates, but also with participation in alternative social contexts.
Keywords: Voluntary association, Informal group, Social context, Time use study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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