A Genealogy of Summer Camp

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This chapter explores the historical, social and cultural contexts of summer camp via the dominant articulations of camp experiences in popular culture and academic publications. The genealogy of summer camp, addressed in this chapter, reviews the many discourses that shape both the expectations and experiences of contemporary summer camp participants. This chapter also foregrounds the theoretical discussions detailed in Chap. 3 by way of taking a post-structuralist approach to the genealogy of summer camp experiences. This approach recognises that the articulations made for and by camp managers, academics and organisational leaders shape summer camp experiences for the many stakeholders involved, including themselves. Camp management practices deserve critical reflection in order to understand their influence on camp counsellor employment experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBecoming and Being a Camp Counsellor
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourse, Power Relations and Emotions
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783030325015
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLeisure Studies in a Global Era


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