“Nudists at Heart”: Children’s Nature and Child Psychology in the Postwar Canadian Nudist Movement

  title={“Nudists at Heart”: Children’s Nature and Child Psychology in the Postwar Canadian Nudist Movement},
  author={Mary-Ann Shantz},
  journal={The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth},
  pages={228 - 247}
  • M. Shantz
  • Published 9 May 2017
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
Abstract: While nudism emerged as a corrective to the ill effects of industrialization at the turn of the twentieth century, concern over mental health—and its correlation with normative sexuality—came to the forefront of the postwar Canadian nudist movement. Postwar nudists drew on widely shared notions of childhood innocence and invoked the cultural authority of psychology to provide an ideological rationale and a functional purpose for the movement: they held up children as best exemplifying… 


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