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The Nurture of Nature


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Foreword: Modernism in Camp: A Wilderness Paradox / Graeme Wynn


1 Back to Nature: Escaping the City, Ordering the Wild

2 Socialism for the Rich: Class Formation at the Private Camp

3 "All they need is air": Building Health, Shaping Class at the Fresh Air Camp

4 Making Modern Childhood, the Natural Way: The Camp Experiment with Psychology, Mental Hygiene, and Progressive Education

5 Shaping True Natures in Nature: Camping, Gender, and Sexuality

6 Totem Poles, Tepees, and Token Traditions: "Playing Indian" at Camp

Conclusion: All Antimodern Melts into Modern?




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The history of summer camps as seen through antimodern nostalgia and modern sensibilities about the landscape, child rearing, and identity.

About the Author

Sharon Wall is an assistant professor of history at the University of Winnipeg.


"The Nurture of Nature represents a major study of an important but neglected subject. It is an important contribution to the study of leisure and recreation in Canada, to the understanding of the character of modernity, and to the history of summer camps. - Keith Walden, Trent University"

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