How Can We Understand Senior Camps in Relation to Social Policies and Images of Ageing?
In this presentation we focus on the results from part study 1, that is, the cultural and historical meaning of senior camps.The data consists of material from the camps and interviews with directors for the senior camps. We will frame senior camps in a cultural context and discuss them in relation to discourses of active ageing and care. Furthermore, we will show examples of how the organisation of, and the rhetoric surrounding senior camps is similar to the child camp tradition in Sweden where culture, the idea of nature, activity and governing becomes central issues. What structural and ideological values about age and "Swedishness" are made visible in these utterances? We will discuss this in relation to our findings.