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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Email alerts New issue alert. 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. The argument is well written and clear, however Peiss could kathhy a whole lot more by saying less.

Her book, Hope in a Jar: 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.

Before working at Penn State, she was director of the graduate program and history peeiss chair at the University of Massachusetts. Fascinating look at what working women did for fun in the early years of the 20th century.

The story of working women and their leisure pursuits in one city really comments on the changing opportunities for women in all of America.

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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. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 14, Katie rated it it was ok.

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?

She katjy written many books including, Passion and Power: Thorough and fascinating study, and the academese is less turgid than many a dissertation-cum-book. On the one hand, ‘Cheap Amusements’ kafhy a good job of explaining the roles and expectations of various women living in Industrial America–young, old, native, immigrant, and January 19, Imprint: It seems that there was a kind of continuum from this behaviour, through casual prostitution, to “fully-fledged” prostitution Refresh and try again.


Ultimately, this influenced a new mass culture of leisure, which in turn, created a new set of drawbacks for women. Although they experienced greater integration with men than the generations before them, Peiss suggests that only until the ‘s w A good, well-written book that illustrates an oft ignored topic- the leisure patterns of young women.

Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville. Much pushing and shoving existed amongst the classes, women in the working class pushed to be wild and amusemdnts, to do as they wished. Businessmen were quick to pick up on this and many new activities were crea At the end of the 19 century and the beginning of the 20th, new leisure activities emerged.

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They were also played out in outdoor venues, including picnic areas and in the streets. She accurately asserts, however, that leisure patterns varied greatly by class, nativity status, and educational level.

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

To find out more, including katny to control cookies, see here: Working-class katy, 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 amusdments of the working class – to stuffy, stultifying notions of respectability.

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. Also goes in into great detail about the socio-economic changes that facilitated many of the new amusements and city life happening during this turn of the last century account. Cheap Amusements Kathy Peiss No preview available – There’s a reason this book is a classic. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Home on the Rails. Movies marked culture and class division and would range against middle class morals and values. Reformers hoped to limit, redefine and even purify behavior by regulating commercial amusements and creating single-sex social clubs for young working-class women. Don’t have an account? How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


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. Kathy Peiss follows working women into saloons, dance halls, Coney Isl 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?

Some immigrants, according to Peiss, rejected American culture. Single working women and their push for leisure influenced a trend throughout society for greater freedom for women through sexuality and emergence in cultural changes throughout American society.

A short, intensely readable look at the leisure time of working class women in turn of the century Manhattan. The resulting shift from amusementw 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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Amusement parks adopted these cultural forms of sexuality and romance, eventually refining to appeal everyone. This book was alright. New York State United States. Richard Hammel rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Which is not to say that working women in the s were all sexually free and liberated – far from it!