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Cheap Amusements : Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-century New York (86 Edition)

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What did young, independent women do for fun and how did they pay their way into New York City's turn-of-the-century pleasure places? Cheap Amusements is a fascinating discussion of young working women whose meager wages often fell short of bare subsistence and rarely allowed for entertainment expenses.

Kathy Peiss follows working women into saloons, dance halls, Coney Island amusement parks, social clubs, and nickelodeons to explore the culture of these young women between 1880 and 1920 as expressed in leisure activities. By examining the rituals and styles they adopted and placing that culture in the larger context of urban working-class life, she offers us a complex picture of the dynamics shaping a working woman's experience and consciousness at the turn-of-the-century. Not only does her analysis lead us to new insights into working-class culture, changing social relations between single men and women, and urban courtship, but it also gives us a fuller understanding of the cultural transformations that gave rise to the commercialization of leisure.

The early twentieth century witnessed the emergence of "heterosocial companionship" as a dominant ideology of gender, affirming mixed-sex patterns of social interaction, in contrast to the nineteenth century's segregated spheres. Cheap Amusements argues that a crucial part of the "reorientation of American culture" originated from below, specifically in the subculture of working women to be found in urban dance halls and amusement resorts.

About the Author

Kathy Peiss is Associate Professor of History and Womens Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Homosocial World of Working-Class Amusements

2. Leisure and Labor

3. Putting on Style

4. Dance Madness

5. The Coney Island Excursion

6. Cheap Theater and the Nickel Dumps

7. Reforming Working Women's Recreation

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877225003
Author:
Peiss, Kathy
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Author:
Peiss
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Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Leisure
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Education-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19870431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.7 in

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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » 1800 to 1920
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