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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Account Options Sign in. Reformers hoped to limit, redefine and even purify amusemetns by regulating commercial amusements and creating single-sex social clubs for young working-class women. Email alerts New issue alert.

New York State United States. However, the practice of “treating” seems to have been qualitatively different, a far more liberating practice which ascribed far more agency to the woman involved. Parts of it were fun and interesting but overall, despite the promising title, it was a little dry. This book is spellbinding. I found it at Goodwill.

These new social rituals were often constructed in commercial dance halls, cheap theaters and amusement parks, where female participation was profitable and therefore encouraged. This book obviously can’t give readers an accurate picture of what women did in amusemwnts free time in the rural south in This book is great anyways.

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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The autonomous heterosocial culture young working-class women created was also a source of cross-class conflict.


Would you like us to take another look at this review? This book was alright. She utilizes extensive archival sources on working-class life in New York, ranging from records of middle-class reformers who descended upon the city to oral testimonies of young white women who ventured into the developing sp In Cheap Amusements: Oct 23, Vicki rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Because certainly at the time she wrote this, women were not seen as a serious driving force behind major changes in history.

The middle class would structure halls so limited contact existed between unacquainted men and women. Hope in a Jar. Nov 20, Shane Hallam rated it liked it.

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Jul 26, Nathanielk rated it it was amazing. The working class could only afford the cheapest amusements, influencing the rest of society in which the upper classes would push for reform with little or no avail.

Staging Migrations toward an American West. Peiss is bias to her emphasis on gender and sexuality and their influence on culture is her strength as peis as her weakness; she allows this emphasis to obscure her views, and fails to leave out possibilities of other influences on American life.

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

The Education of Women in the United States. Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women. This book is about the oeiss of working class women and the influence of the movement on family life, pekss, and ethnic groups forming a new American culture, in which all would experience a commonality in the life of leisure. Corporations began thinking, how can we make bank on single ladies? Canadian Carnival Freaks and the Extraordinary Body, s.


So I was mostly reading this for the purposes of writing an essay on how working-class women in turn-of-the-century North America experienced their sexuality, and this book is positively brilliant for learning about that.

Jan 23, Kate rated it it was amazing.

Jun 08, Monica rated it really liked it. I thought this book had a lot of potential to be karhy and interesting. Peiss uses government documents such as U.

The Dominion of Youth. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Don’t have an account? However, the upper class looked to contain these supposedly out of control women.

A great attempt to be balanced and gives all sides of issues a voice.