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Bowing to Necessities

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 320 Seiten
Anglo-Americans wrestled with cultural contradictions as they shifted from the patriarchal society of the 17th-century to the clas... Weiterlesen
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Anglo-Americans wrestled with cultural contradictions as they shifted from the patriarchal society of the 17th-century to the class democracy of the mid-19th century. This title argues that manners provided ritual solutions to these problems just as these power relations underwent challenges.

[Hemphill] has written a beautifully lucid, engaging, and thorough study that will be valuable to all social and cultural historians of the first long "half" of American history and to our students.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR C. Dallett Hemphill is Professor of History at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.

Klappentext

Anglo-Americans wrestled with some profound cultural contradictions as they shifted from the hierarchical and patriarchal society of the seventeenth-century frontier to the modern and fluid class democracy of the mid-nineteenth century. How could traditional inequality be maintained in the
socially leveling environment of the early colonial wilderness? And how could nineteenth-century Americans pretend to be equal in an increasingly unequal society?
Bowing to Necessities argues that manners provided ritual solutions to these central cultural problems by allowing Americans to act out--and thus reinforce--power relations just as these relations underwent challenges. Analyzing the many sermons, child-rearing guides, advice books, and etiquette
manuals that taught Americans how to behave, this book connects these instructions to individual practices and personal concerns found in contemporary diaries and letters. It also illuminates crucial connections between evolving class, age, and gender relations. A social and cultural history with a
unique and fascinating perspective, Hemphill's wide-ranging study offers readers a panorama of America's social customs from colonial times to the Civil War.



Inhalt

Introduction; PART I. HIERARCHY: MANNERS IN A VERTICAL SOCIAL ORDER, 1620-1740; Ch. 1. Manners for Gentlemen; Ch. 2. Manners Over Minors; Ch. 3. Manners Maketh Men; PART II. REVOLUTION: AN OPENING OF POSSIBILITIES, 1740-1820; Ch. 4. Middle Class Riding; Ch. 5. Youth Rising; Ch. 6. Women Rising; PART III. RESOLUTION: MANNERS FOR DEMOCRATS, 1820-1860; Ch. 7. Manners for the Middle Class; Ch. 8. Manners for Adults; Ch. 9. Ladies First?; Conclusion; Table: Conduct Works: Author/Audience Statistics; Notes; Bibliography

Produktinformationen

Titel: Bowing to Necessities
Untertitel: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860
Autor:
EAN: 9780195154085
ISBN: 978-0-19-515408-5
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Gewicht: 451g
Größe: H234mm x B154mm x T19mm
Jahr: 2002
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