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by: Abigail Gilson

Discussion 9/9 Hist 1400

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We have a discussion coming up based on a paper and some notes. Here are some points about the paper that are important
Modern Western Traditions
Dr. Langer
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This 1 page Study Guide was uploaded by Abigail Gilson on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to Hist 1400 at University of Connecticut taught by Dr. Langer in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see Modern Western Traditions in History at University of Connecticut.


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Date Created: 09/07/16
What does Club Med tell us about the values and style of  life of the consumer middle class?    ­Club Med tries to provide an antidote to civilization or to  escape from modern consumer society  ­Emphasized social and behavioral roles   Ex. Major emphasis of beautiful, naturally enhanced bodies,  proudly adorned and quintessentially erotic, and on exercise and  hearty eating  ­Parisian hated Club Med for their idea’s of huge meals, idle  bronzed bodies, abundance in the midst of underdeveloped  countries and a commitment to narcissistic, apolitical hedonism  ­”antidote to civilization”  ­People wanted to live/be alive after those dark times  ­Unlike previous tourist attractions which stressed moral  self­improvement, education, public service, health and fitness  ­Club Med stressed self indulgent physical pleasure and a break  from habitual social relations. The goal to remake the self  ­Club Med was labeled the esprit du blub   ­The Club’s crucial element of “esprit” was that it was to  diametrically different from everyday life and provide “mental  and physical detoxification”   ­Villages were “closed” spaces, residents rediscovered the needs  that urban reality repressed    ­All discussions about one’s occupation were frowned upon  ­People manly wore bikinis and sarongs  ­Most common phrase heard in the village “There are no social  differences when everyone is in a bathing suit”  ­Exercise wasn’t used as a means of physical beauty but “to  substitute relaxation for tension, pleasure for effort,  creativity and freedom for discipline, communication for  solitude”   


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