This book deals with the concept of leisure and the everyday leisure practices of a group of diverse single women in an urban setting-Mannheim, Germany. Vania Sandoval focuses on how social structure and individual choices relate to each other in the local context. Initially, the book considers the women as a relatively homogenous group, analyzing how they conceive, organize and experience their leisure in a similar manner with individual nuances. It then proceeds to highlight some of the processes that lead, in this particular case, to migration-based differences in their leisure practices.
Vania L. Sandoval earned her PhD in social and cultural anthropology at the Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research interests include emigration to Europe and cultural identity, the anthropology of food and eating, and leisure and lifestyle studies.