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Killing Time: Leisure and Culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1800-1850 (Pittsburgh Series in Social & Labor History)

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Scott C. Martin examines leisure as a "contested cultural space" in which nineteenth-century Americans articulated and developed ideas about ethnicity, class, gender, and community. This new perspective demonstrates how leisure and sociability mediated the transition from an agricultural to an industrial society. Martin argues persuasively that south-western Pennsylvanians used leisure activities to create identities and define values in a society being transformed by market expansion. The transportation revolution brought new commercial entertainments and recreational opportunities but also fragmented and privatized customary patterns of communal leisure. By using leisure as a window on the rapid changes sweeping through the region, Martin shows how southwestern Pennsylvanians used voluntary associations, private parties, and public gatherings to construct social identities better suited to their altered circumstances. The prosperous middle class devised amusements to distinguish themselves from workers who, in turn, resisted reformers' attempts to constrain their use of free time. Ethnic and racial minorities used holiday observances and traditional celebrations to define their place in American society, while women tested the boundaries of the domestic sphere through participation in church fairs, commercial recreation, and other leisure activities.

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Martin (history, Bowling Green State U.) examines leisure as a "contested cultural space" in which 19th-century Americans developed ideas about ethnicity, class, gender, and community, and demonstrates how leisure and social activities mediated the transition from an agricultural to an industrial society. He details customs involving volunteer associations, public gatherings, and holidays, and shows how the transportation revolution privatized communal leisure.
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"Scott Martin's perspective and sensitivity have produced a remarkable study that could well be a model for others". Samuel R Hays, University of Pittsburgh

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-300) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822939160
Author:
Martin, Scott C.
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Location:
Pittsburgh, Penn. :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Leisure
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Pennsylvania Social life and customs.
Subject:
Leisure -- Pennsylvania -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Leisure - Pennsylvania - History -
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Pittsburgh Series in Social & Labor History
Series Volume:
151
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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