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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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. This led to changes of social life amongst all classes, lead to freer sexuality, greater autonomy for women, and the appeal of amusement to the masses.

I thought this book had a lot of potential to be informative and interesting. A Nation of Neighborhoods. Although many Americans were debating new ideas about womanhood, sexuality and leisure, Victorian values continued to guide most middle-class women, including reformers who turned their attention to the working-class. 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.

She accurately asserts, however, that leisure patterns varied greatly by class, nativity status, and educational level. January 19, Akthy This book is great anyways.

Jan 05, Nicole G. This Happened in America.


Related articles in Google Scholar. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! They were also played out in outdoor venues, including picnic areas and in the streets. Cheap Amusements is not perfect.

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

Some prior knowledge would be helpful. Her subjects are typically young immigrants or the daughters of immigrants who lived in well-defined tenement districts, and labored for wages while unmarried, usually in factories, homes, and sales and service jobs. Oct 23, Vicki rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Prove It Chewp Me. 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.

It did, however, find support in the commercial relationship which emerged with businesses and venues that profited by commodifying leisure. In Pursuit of Privilege. However, the upper class looked to contain these supposedly out of control women. Fascinating look at what working women did for fun in the early years of the 20th century. Kathy Peiss follows working women into saloons, dance halls, Coney Isl What did young, independent women mausements for fun and how did they pay their way into New York City’s turn-of-the-century pleasure places?

Oct 13, Rachel Pollock rated it it was amazing Shelves: New York State United States. 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.

This book was alright.

kaathy You are commenting using your Facebook account. Jan 27, Tessa rated it it was ok. 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.


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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. One aspect I found particularly interesting was the phenomenon of “treat So I was mostly reading this cheapp 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.

Jul 26, Nathanielk rated it it was amazing. Feminism as Life’s Work. The resulting shift from homosocial to heterosocial culture, and the redefinition of gender relations it required, played a role in the wider passage from Victorian culture to modernism.

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American Education in Popular Media. As New York became more industrialized many girls of working class immigrant families had to find work outside of the home. They segregated youth from family, fostered a dangerously expressive culture and were linked to promiscuous sexuality.

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