Racial identity and leisure experiences
Gross, Bantu David
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the stories of eight African American males’ identity development within the context of leisure. Participants recruited for this study self-identified as African American male, were between the ages of 18-24, and attended either a historically Black university or a predominately White university in the southeastern United States. Utilizing a narrative approach, participants interviewed recalled stories of how their personal and racial identity development unfolded within the context of leisure. Areas explored during semi-structured interviews included: how leisure experiences contributed to identity formation, changes in leisure preferences and orientations from adolescence, the racialized nature of leisure, and how the charge of 'Acting White' may influence African American males leisure preferences. Findings from this study suggested leisure experiences contributed positively to participant’s identity development, while charges of 'Acting White' from one's peers limited African American male’s identity development.