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Counter Cultures : Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940 - Susan Benson

Counter Cultures

Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940

Paperback Published: 1st December 1987
ISBN: 9780252060137
Number Of Pages: 344

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      The luxurious appearance and
        handsome profits of American department stores from 1890 to 1940 masked
        a three-way struggle among saleswomen, managers, and customers for control
        of the selling floor. Counter Cultures explores the complex nature
        and contradictions of the conflict in an arena where class, gender, and
        the emerging culture of consumption all came together.
      "Counter Cultures
        is a path-breaking and imaginative social history. Benson has made an
        original and sophisticated contribution to the study of the work process
        in the service sector."
        -- Journal of American History
      "Counter Cultures
        advances our understanding of the history of women and work, and it does
        so in an engaging way that should command the attention not only of historians
        but of a general readership as well."
        -- Women's Review of Books
 

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"Benson's insightful interpretation of a twentieth-century women's culture based on consumerism and the affluence of the department store, as well as the interpersonal relationship between women as consumers and as workers, offers a new perspective in American cultural and economic history." -- American Historical Review

ISBN: 9780252060137
ISBN-10: 025206013X
Series: The Working Class in American History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st December 1987
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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