Portland State University. Department of Sociology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
1 online resource (158 p.)
Camping -- Social aspects, Sex role
The intent of this thesis is to investigate the extent to which people depart from traditional gender roles in a situation of leisure. The lack of normative structure in the camping situation offers a chance for participants to do sex typed tasks differently than in the more structured home situation.
Participant observation was used because of the exploratory nature of the project. Research was conducted the month of July, 1973. Four Oregon campgrounds were visited. Campsite clusters to be observed were chosen randomly. A systemic time schedule was developed in which various clusters were observed at as many different times as possible.
Findings indicate that gender role behavior patterns that are used at home are also used in the camping situation. Women usually perform tasks that are done at home everyday while men usually perform tasks unique to the camping situation.
Carlson, Carol Alice, "Gender Roles in the Camping Situation" (1977). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2579.