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This is a study journal of my doctoral program in humor in American popular culture at The Union Institute and University. Saturday, November 27, Cheap Amusements: It deals in greater depth with the topic of amusement, obviously, because it deals with the whole city, and not just with a resort town, and though it supposedly deals only with women, in doing so, the book has to discuss issues of children and husbands and families as well.
Actually, Peiss even spends some time talking about Coney Island as well. It does a better job of communicating what life was like at the time. Peiss describes the class perceptions of New Yorkers at the turn of the twentieth century.
To look more closely at those on the lower end of the class scale, Peiss considered studies of income at the time. The same problems of very high urban rents and food existed then as do today, so these families had little disposable income As a result, all the family members worked, including unmarried daughters.
So, these working families had little time for leisure. Even when unemployed [ Apparently, marriages were meant to be loveless affairs organized for the purposes of procreation and of having life-long live-in cleaning and childrearing services, no doubt.
So the husbands and wives both not only sought enjoyment but also were expected to seek recreation and enjoyment outside the home—separately. Generally, working men went to the saloons. Their culture of the saloon was so endemic that the saloons practically took over.
Considering how many fewer people lived there at the time, those numbers are staggering! A whole subculture developed around what happened inside those saloons. Another element of that subculture was the custom of treating. No surprise that bars and bartenders were behind the formation of these large cohort groups.
While all this fun was going on, the wives did not have so much fun.
How did she even have time to conceive thirteen babies? So now, if there was any sort of recreation, the women were likely to have more work to do, such as preparing the food for the picnic or taking extra care that the children looked their most presentable for being shown off at the park.
They worked so hard having a good time [ Things became a little more economically stable here. Whether these women worked to support themselves or their families, a majority of them worked. Also, incidentally, women in domestic service had a much harder time going out at night and making their own choices in general about their leisure.
When women began to have jobs that supported the growing mercantile industry in New York, they had power in a way that they had not seen before. This demonstrates a kind of power that must have been impossible among domestic workers.
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But also within a certain industry, the varying cultural and ethnic traditions might predict or give certain groups of women strength to behave a certain way or prevent them from behaving another way. Most important about all these phenomena was that the working women came to develop their own unique traditions, separate from those of their families and ethic groups.
They mixed in social groups without regard for religion or ethnicity, which apparently did not happen otherwise Peiss explains that women could think about themselves in terms of sex and find out about sex.A Look At Cheap Amusements Essay Words 8 Pages An extremely interesting, but ever-contradictory sociological study of sexual relationsis presented in the Kathy Peiss book Cheap Amusements.
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. 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 .
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/5(14).
Cheap amusements: working women and leisure in turn-of-the-century New York by Kathy Lee Peiss (Book) 21 editions published between and in English and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide. An Age of Agency: Working Women's Role in Leisure, Treating, and Prostitution Kathy Peiss’s Cheap Amusements: Second, Clements extends her study to include the formation of “the larger sex industry” in the s, which greatly impacted prostitution along with “racial and ethnic patterns of commercialized sex in modern.
Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Lesiure in Turn-of-the-century New York, by Kathy Peiss study of young working women's culture in turn of the century New York (Manhattan from ). Looking at customs, values, and the ritualized interactions of these women in their leisure.