Robert P. Smith; Kathy Peiss. Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Philadelphia: Temple. Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in working- class women in New York City during this period, Kathy Peiss has written a. Read “Cheap Amusements” by Kathy Peiss with Rakuten Kobo. What did young, independent women do for fun and how did they pay their way into New York.

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Compared with other historical books that I have recently read, this one paled in comparison. However, it seriously lacked in the later. The humor at the movies would construct the idea of modern womanhood, based on the challenges of feminism and patriarchal order. 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? Sign in via your Institution Sign in.

The book seems to contain unneeded information, and ideas that do not pertain to the central argument. Working-class women, by and large, identified with the men of their own class before the women of the bourgeoisie; they resented bourgeois women’s individualism and identified with the labour struggle instead if they were political and even if they were not, they preferred to mingle with men – and enjoyed the freer sexual culture of the working class – to stuffy, stultifying notions of respectability.

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Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. 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.


The Cultural Turn in U. Email required Address never made public. Peiss details the processes of commercialization that led to the ideal of the “new woman” in the lives of young working class women in Manhattan. The Death and Life of Katy Street. This book was alright.

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Preview — Cheap Amusements by Kathy Peiss. Very informative on a topic not often discussed.

It did, however, find support in the commercial relationship which emerged with businesses and venues chdap profited by commodifying leisure. Please review your cart.

Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York by Kathy Peiss

The middle class would structure halls so limited contact existed between unacquainted men and women. Jan 03, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Women and Justice for the Poor.

Sexuality in History, Men and Women: Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women. Sign In or Create an Account. Although there was quite a bit of good information in the book, the writing style made the book incredibly dull. What this age did and the final result being an attempt to find a median, and define what proper fun was, in the life of leisure. Email alerts New issue alert. Which makes this work a scholarly classic. Open Preview See a Problem?

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Citing articles via Google Scholar. It draws extensively on primary sources as you would hope I guess, but I digress Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, The New Humor in the Progressive Era.

Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-century New York CityKatherine Peiss explores the social experiences of young working-class women between tolooking for clues to the way they constructed and gave new meaning to their lives.

On the one hand, ‘Cheap Amusements’ does a good job of explaining the roles and expectations of various women living in Industrial America–young, old, native, immigrant, and A big help for my research, as well as being entertaining to read. Oct 18, Dan Gorman rated it it was amazing. A Nation of Neighborhoods. Not my taste, but well researched and written. There was a difference between those women from immigrant communities and those whose families had been in America a long time, at least in the beginnings.


You are commenting using your WordPress. New jobs in department stores, large factories, and offices provided alternatives to domestic service and household production. The autonomous heterosocial culture young working-class women created was also a source of cross-class conflict. My suggested companion read is the autobiographical novel A Tree Grows in Brooklynwhich depicts various working-class female characters attending theater and other vaudeville acts, etc.

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Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York

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.

Great perspective on what women were doing work and fun, and how society felt! As New York became more industrialized many girls of working class immigrant families had to find work outside of the home. However, amusemens practice of “treating” seems to have been qualitatively different, a far more liberating practice which ascribed far more agency to the woman involved.

With fewer time restrictions than working mothers, and seeking temporary reprieve from the drudgery of labor, leisure was seen as a separate sphere of life to be consciously protected from interference.