Sharpe, Erin

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock University

Erin Sharpe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Her current research focuses on the social, political, and ideological context of young people’s play, leisure, and recreation. Current research focuses on children and parent’s biking practices pre- and post- COVID.


  • Articles
    In this article we consider the ways that parents and children construct an object that has long been associated with North American childhood: the bicycle. We ask the question: is the bicycle a toy or a tool? At first glance, this seems like a straightforward distinction. For example, if an object serves a useful purpose, we classify it a tool. Hammers are tools because they help drive...Read more