agency, the social persist in the holidays

At the time of vacation, the opportunity may be good to reflect on what the holidays may involve in terms of changes of the markings and patterns of related behaviors in everyday life : transformations of the rhythm of life (meal times, sunrise, sunset), daily (to spend more time with his or her spouse and children), increase of practices of sociability, leisure. We will present on this topic the article by Bertrand Réau published in the journal Espaces et sociétés in 2005 (N°120-121) ” the Runaways temporary : socialisation and relaxing of the controls in the holiday villages family “.

If the holidays represent a state of rupture with ordinary life, because the cues given by the rhythm of the work[1], school, and household tasks, break down, holiday, particularly when they take place in a holiday village is the occasion of the definition of new benchmarks. Through the comparison of two holiday villages, the Villages vacation families, and Club Méditerranée, which recruit in populations with social characteristics different[2], but adopting a form of vacation similar, it is for the author to understand the ” terms of socially differentiated practices of vacation. “The two structures of vacations studied offer their among multiple activities, and travelers can, if they want to not get out of the structure the time of their stay.

The living space within the club puts into question a number of attributes of daily life, especially among customers of the Club Méditerranée : as part of the holiday village, an approximation of the body is induced by the size of the accommodation and living areas more contiguous, than those which are accustomed to customers in their daily lives. The physical proximity is felt both within the family than with other clients, it is much more intense that it is the social categories that are more modest and with foreign populations (Italian, Belgian, etc). As well as the note to the author, ” only the ephemeral space of holiday and leisure activities allows the tolerance of the approximation of the body. “Feeding time is also a time conducive to the physical proximity, the tables being collective. It allows you to build relationships, which can then be recalled in passing that ” meals are a time of sociability, which is part of the maintenance and renewal of the social capital of social categories superior. “

The holiday villages are above all spaces of leisure, where one does not necessarily rested. The social origins of the holiday makers are still crucial. In the framework of the holiday the practice of leisures of the customers cut across their leisure activities, the remainder of the year. The cultural practices common carry on holiday. “The leisure of the Club Med are also participating more in the dances of the village, games, excursions, disco and the shows that those of the vvf. In regard to the practices of leisure during the rest of the year, leisure Club Med reported more often go to the restaurant (69,6 %), concerts (19.6 per cent), theatre (15,2 %), cinema (52,2 %) and friends (28.3 per cent) than those in the vvf ” practices visitors are redoubling their practices in the course of the year, even if during the holidays all are stepping up their leisure activities. “And in this intensification widespread of leisure activities, the leisure Club Med, social origin or higher, which accumulate the most activity. In this respect they only reproduce in the space of the recreation multi-activity as they develop in daily life. “The holidays are therefore the chance of escapes are temporary in the context of everyday life, but they are not the opportunity to move clear of the determinisms the social, that continue to play. “If the area of a village and the configurations of family structure the behaviors of leisure travelers, the ” quest for pleasure “in the recreation is largely a function of the habitus : the research of the excitation and the production of the “tensions” associated with the blending according to the tastes of the agents, themselves, functions of their social attributes. “


[1] Dominique Schnapper in The event of unemployment, published in 1981, demonstrates that the pace of work rule an essential part of the existence of individuals : individuals who experience episodes of unemployment are marked by the loss of time stamps associated with the loss of employment. The actors are no longer obliged to get up to go to work…

[2] ” About 40 % of the respondents to the vvf report a gross monthly income between 1 524 and 3 049 euros and 30 % of a gross monthly income of more than 3 049 euros ; 41 % of the respondents of the Club Med reported a gross monthly income of more than 3 049 € (including 20 % more than 4 573 euros) and 30 % between 1 524 and 3 049 euros. In addition, 72 % of the respondents of the Club Med are college graduates compared to 50 % of the respondents to the vvf. “

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