Discursive Productions of Camp Selves

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This chapter explores the kinds of selves that are discursively produced for and mobilised by camp participants (campers and employees). The chapter opens the discussion with the promises made by camp publications about the value and benefits of camper experiences which shape how camp participants view and govern themselves accordingly. The chapter then explores thematically grouped discursive productions of camp selves: Transformative, Spiritual, Rugged, Heroic and Sociable Selves. These selves, with links to genealogical aspects of camp, form a basis of the subjectivities expected to be taken up by future camp counsellors.
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 pages36
ISBN (Print)9783030325015
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLeisure Studies in a Global Era


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