Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor: Discourse, Power Relations and Emotions

Mandi Baker

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This book explores the complexities of the recreational summer camp experience and its reliance on the expertise and emotion work of young people. Drawing on post-structural theory, Baker illustrates the discourses, power relations and emotional demands that shape camp counsellor employment experiences and well-being.

Through analysis of everyday experiences and interactions, Baker unpicks the power nexus between counsellors, campers, peers and camp management, offering a deeper understanding of camp counsellor employment and the challenges for camp employees and employers. As such, this book raises a call for camp researchers and industry leaders to engage in rethinking how camp counsellor roles are understood, shaped and embodied, and how they might be ethically supported through reflexive management practices.

Becoming and Being a Camp Counsellor will be of interest to scholars and students across the fields of leisure, outdoor recreation, youth studies, and sociology.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32501-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32500-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameSeries Title: Leisure Studies in a Global Era


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    Baker, Mandi (Recipient), 2019


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