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Leisure Settings: Bourgeois Culture, Medicine, and the Spa in Modern France

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The artful use of one's free time was a discipline perfected by the French in the nineteenth century. Casinos, alpine hiking, hotel dinners, romantic gardens, and lavish parks were all part of France's growing desire for the ideal vacation. Perhaps the most intriguing vacation, however, was the ever popular health resort, and this is the main topic of Douglas Mackaman's fascinating study.

Taking us into the vibrant social world of France's great spas, Mackaman explores the links between class identity and vacationing. Mackaman shows how, after 1800, physicians and entrepreneurs zealously tried to break their milieu's strong association with aristocratic excess and indecency by promoting spas as a rational, ordered equivalent to the busy lives of the bourgeoisie. Rather than seeing leisure time as slothful, Mackaman argues, the bourgeoisie willingly became patients at spas and viewed this therapeutic vacation as a sensible, even productive, way of spending time. Mackaman analyzes this transformation, and ultimately shows how the premier vacation of an era made and was made by the bourgeoisie.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: Baths and Curing in the Old Regime

2: Producing Leisure: Economics, Class Formation, and the Sejour for Sale

3: Respectability Emplaced

4: Medicine and the Rhythming of Bourgeois Rest

5: Social Benefits of Spa Consumption

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226500751
Subtitle:
Bourgeois Culture, Medicine, and the Spa in Modern France
Author:
Mackaman, Douglas P.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
France
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Health resorts
Subject:
Middle class
Subject:
France Social life and customs 19th century.
Subject:
Middle class -- France -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Subject:
France Social life and customs.
Subject:
Health resorts - Social aspects - France -
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19981201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones, 1 map, 4 tables
Pages:
227
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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