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Stadens barn på landet: Stockholms sommarlovskolonier och den moderna välfärden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2000 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the year 1883 Sweden established its first summer holiday camp. The journey out into the archipelago with schoolchildren from one of the Stockholm parishes marked the beginning of a new sphere of activity within both the philanthropic sphere and in the area of preventive medicine. The holiday camps started out as a philanthropicproject and been a part of the welfare society. In this study Sweden's first holiday camp Society, the Society for Stockholm's School Holiday Camps, is the focal point. The Society's activity has been followed from the establishment of the first holiday camp in 1883 until the take-over by the middle class municipality in the middle of the nineteensixties. In the sources of the movement and in the political and social debate, the holiday camps were discussed primarily as a preventive medicine project. The purpose was to improve the physical and moral health of working class children. In the holiday camp the selected children would be able to participate in the good customs of the upper classes and a new behaviour be inculcated. After a while this would change, improve and normalise the population. From a topside-down perspective the image was communi-cated of a modern and successful cultivation project. However, it was important to problematise this image and discuss whether the ideas as formulated in the public rhetoric could be realised out in the holiday camps. Both the children and the staff ambitions have been discussed in relation to the social organisation - time and space- in the camps.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2000. , 309 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 208
Keyword [en]
History of Children and Childhood, Century of Children, Summer Holiday Camps, History of Below, Hegemonic Process, Cultural Order, Cultural Analysis, Civilisation, Welfare State
Keyword [sv]
Barnkolonier, Historia, Sverige, Stockholm, 1800-talet
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35040Local ID: 24715ISBN: 91-7219-697-1OAI: diva2:255888
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2000-03-31, Hörsal Planck, Fysikhuset, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-08-27Bibliographically approved

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