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By Laura Lee Downs

Childhood within the Promised Land is the 1st heritage of France's colonies de vacances, an enormous community of summer season camps created for working-class youngsters. The colonies originated as a late-nineteenth-century charitable establishment, offering rural retreats meant to revive the delicate healthiness of terrible city little ones. Participation grew progressively through the first half the 20 th century, "trickling up" through the overdue Nineteen Forties to include middle-class adolescence as well.

At the center of the learn lie the municipal colonies de vacances, equipped through the working-class towns of the Paris purple belt. positioned in distant villages or alongside the extra reasonably cheap stretches of the Atlantic coast, the municipal colonies amassed their younger purchasers into variously dependent "child villages," during which they have been to stay out specific, excellent visions of the collective lifetime of young children through the lengthy summer time vacation. concentrating on the construction of and participation in those summer time camps, Laura Lee Downs provides brilliant insights into the positioning and importance of adolescence in French working-class towns and, eventually, in the improvement of contemporary France.

Drawing on a wealthy array of ancient resources, together with dossiers and documents of municipal colonies came across in distant city halls of the Paris suburbs, newspaper debts, and interviews with adults who participated in the colonies as little ones, Downs finds how various groups—including neighborhood Socialist and Communist leaders and Catholic seminarians—seized the chance to form the minds and our bodies of working-class youth. early life within the Promised Land indicates how, in growing the summer time camps, those a variety of teams mixed pedagogical theories, non secular convictions, political ideologies, and theories concerning the dating among the geographical region and kid's actual and cognitive improvement. whilst, the e-book sheds mild on vintage questions of social keep an eye on, highlighting the lively position of the youngsters in shaping their experiences.

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