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aging, leisure, masculinity theory, men



  1. Genoe, M. Rebecca MA
  2. Singleton, Jerome F. PhD


The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of older men's leisure experiences across their lifespan, using a framework of hegemonic masculinity. Eight men between the ages of 72 and 86 participated in in-depth interviews. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Five leisure transitions emerged from the data, including play, from play to work, the war years, noses to the grindstone, and retirement and beyond. Life context (eg, the Depression) and societal expectations influenced each transition. The participants engaged in similar activities across their lifespan, but focused on a few selected activities in later life.