The Resource Au naturel : naturism, nudism, and tourism in twentieth-century France, Stephen L. Harp

Au naturel : naturism, nudism, and tourism in twentieth-century France, Stephen L. Harp

Label
Au naturel : naturism, nudism, and tourism in twentieth-century France
Title
Au naturel
Title remainder
naturism, nudism, and tourism in twentieth-century France
Statement of responsibility
Stephen L. Harp
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
613/.1940944
Index
index present
LC call number
GV451.3.F73
LC item number
H37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Summary expansion
Each year in France approximately 1.5 million people practice naturisme or "naturism," an activity more commonly referred to as "nudism." Because of France's unique tolerance for public nudity, the country also hosts hundreds of thousands of nudists from other European nations, an influx that has contributed to the most extensive infrastructure for nude tourism in the world. In Au Naturel, historian Stephen L. Harp explores how the evolution of European tourism encouraged public nudity in France, connecting this cultural shift with important changes in both individual behaviors and collective understandings of the body, morality, and sexuality. Harp's study, the first in-depth historical analysis of nudism in France, challenges widespread assumptions that "sexual liberation" freed people from "repression," a process ostensibly reflected in the growing number of people practicing public nudity. Instead, he contends, naturism gained social acceptance because of the bodily control required to participate in it. New social codes emerged governing appropriate nudist behavior, including where one might look, how to avoid sexual excitation, what to wear when cold, and whether even the most modest displays of affection -- -including hand-holding and pecks on the cheek -- were permissible between couples. Beginning his study in 1927 -- when naturist doctors first advocated nudism in France as part of "air, water, and sun cures"--Harp focuses on the country's three earliest and largest nudist centers: the?le du Levant in the Var, Montalivet in the Gironde, and the Cap d'Agde in H?rault. These places emerged as thriving tourist destinations, Harp shows, because the municipalities -- by paradoxically reinterpreting inde-cency as a way to foster European tourism to France -- worked to make public nudity more acceptable. Using the French naturist movement as a lens for examining the evolving notions of the body and sexuality in twentieth-century Europe, Harp reveals how local practices served as agents of national change
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Au naturel : naturism, nudism, and tourism in twentieth-century France, Stephen L. Harp
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Usage; Introduction: France, the Nudist Paradise; 1) Defining Interwar Naturism in Theory and Practice: The Drs. Durville; 2) Advocating Nudism in Word and Deed: Marcel Kienné de Mongeot; 3) Saving the Île du Levant: International Nudism and Municipal Development; 4) Managing Postwar Naturisme: Albert Lecocq and Montalivet; 5) Creating Cap d'Agde: The "Naked City" and Sex Tourism; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
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ocn873609957
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unknown
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1 online resource (xiv, 293 pages .)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807155288
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)873609957
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