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Title: Campsites as Utopias? A Socio-spatial Reading of the Postwar Holiday Camp in Belgium, 1950s to 1970s
Authors: Gosseye, Janina ×
Heynen, Hilde #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Series Title: International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity vol:1 issue:1 pages:53-85
Abstract: This paper contrasts the objectives that underlie the development of government-funded holiday camps for family-vacations in Belgium with the socio-spatial practices of their initial users. Drawing on oral history, archival material, photographs and site-plans, we argue that vacationers did not just experience the holiday camp as an environment where they could reconnect with their family and pursue authentic experiences in close contact with nature – as their initiators had intended – but, that they also embraced these sites as places where they could recreate a romanticized version of ‘traditional’ community life and experiment with facets of a middle-class, modern suburban ideal. To substantiate our narrative, we focus on two holiday camps in the Campine Region: Zilvermeer and Hengelhoef.
ISSN: 2213-0624
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Architecture and Society (+)
× corresponding author
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