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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So readers may believe men played more of a role in the development of leisure time. 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.

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

Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Selected pages Title Page. 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. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Sign In Forgot password? Trivia About Cheap Amusements Sep 16, Kate rated it really liked it. Businessmen were quick to pick up on this and many new activities were created or increasingly more commercialized to appeal to a younger, more Americanized generation. Thank god Peiss is straightforward and organizes the book logically. Amusemrnts 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.


New jobs in department stores, large factories, and offices provided alternatives to domestic service and household production. The working class could only afford the cheapest amusements, influencing the rest of society in which the chepa classes katthy push for reform with little or no avail.

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.

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Women, Art and the New Deal. Each assertion of distinct cheqp was a potential source of conflict, which would become a hallmark of adolescence throughout the twentieth century. May 04, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Close Report a review At Peisw, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Turning the Pages of American Girlhood. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. According to Peiss, ethnic patterns would shape different work cultures.

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This led to changes of social life amongst all classes, lead to freer sexuality, peis autonomy for women, and the appeal of amusement to the masses. Movies marked culture and class division and would range against middle class morals and values.


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

Vaudeville theaters and movie halls appealed to the masses. What did young, independent women do for fun and how did they pay their way into New York Peoss turn-of-the-century pleasure places? 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.

Nov 20, Shane Hallam rated it liked it. The desire for self-determined pleasure, sexuality and autonomy expressed by these young working-class women would also prove to be a compelling issue throughout the twentieth century. To see what your friends thought of this dheap, please sign up.

Because certainly at the time she wrote this, women were not seen as a serious driving force behind major changes in history. And it is a reason to love her. Documents how the new category of women workers spent their leisure time, and how it affected society at large. It elevates the importance of a small, unique group of people and alienates those not in it.

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