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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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Cheap Amusements is not perfect. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Apr 07, Jaime Rispoli-Roberts rated it really liked it.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Books by Kathy Peiss. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: My suggested companion read is the peisw novel A Tree Grows in Brooklynwhich depicts various working-class female characters attending theater and other vaudeville acts, etc.

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

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 and as expressed in leisure activities. American Education in Popular Media.

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

This Happened in America. They were also played out in outdoor venues, including picnic areas and in the streets. These trends would be echoed amongst the masses and change the face of leisure, give rise to feminism, and forever change the social life within America. Also goes in into great detail chea; the socio-economic changes that facilitated many of the new amusements and city life happening during this turn of the last century account.


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? The Art of Democracy. The review must be at least peis characters long. Peiss uses primary sources by obtaining information from women who lived during the Victorian Era and using government documents. Bending the Future to Their Will. Driven by women, the movement was toward autonomy, assertion, respectability, expressiveness, romance, and sexual experimentation, tensions amongst the classes pose opposition to the leisure of the working class, and through this push, a new culture emerged and the entire face of American society would be forever changed.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Cheap Amusements by Kathy Peiss. This book was alright. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

One aspect I found particularly interesting was the phenomenon of “treating”, by which working-class women would expect their male companions to pay the cost of an outing, their entertainment needs, etc.

Temple University Press, 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. Interesting idea, but not enough analysis to really yield any valuable info. The middle class would structure halls so limited contact existed between unacquainted men and women.

Parts of it were fun and interesting but overall, despite the promising title, it was a little dry. Vaudeville theaters and movie halls appealed to the masses. These generally foreign-born or daughters of immigrant parents dominated the female labor force.


Oct 20, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: The Dominion of Youth. One exception to this homosocial pattern of recreation was an emerging group of single, adolescent wage earners.

Cultivating National Identity through Performance. 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.

With money to spend, single, working women katjy to enter into mixed-sex social situations peeiss. Sexuality was a strong force within the time period and experimentation with sexuality would lead to a push for greater autonomy and independence.

See if you have enough points for this item. Oct 23, Vicki rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. At the end of the 19 century and the beginning of the 20th, new leisure activities emerged. 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.

Nice details about Coney Island, how women lived, boarding houses vs. Email required Address never made public.