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From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America By Beth L. Bailey,

  • Title: From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America
  • Author: Beth L. Bailey
  • ISBN: 9780801839351
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Whether or not we ve come a long way since then, this engaging study of courtship shows that at least half the fun is in reading about getting there St Louis Post Dispatch.
    From Front Porch to Back Seat Courtship in Twentieth Century America Whether or not we ve come a long way since then this engaging study of courtship shows that at least half the fun is in reading about getting there St Louis Post Dispatch

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    1. Excellent monograph tracking the changing contours of courtship behavior from the early 20th century through the mid Sixties, when the sexual revolution Bailey explains precisely what she means by the term fundamentally altered the nature of the beast The primary change had to do with the movement of courtship from the private sphere of family and home to the public sphere dominated by metaphors of economic exchange Making it clear that her concern is with conventions the way behavior was descri [...]

    2. Published in 1988, this academic look at the evolution of 20th century, white, American courtship takes the reader right up to the advent of the computer age While Bailey s exhaustive research would have made a fascinating article or interview, I found From Front Porch to Back Seat too long and too dry There s barely a sentence that isn t footnoted or referenced Studies are cited ad nauseum And yet, for a 21st century reader, even too much is not enough Bailey discusses the impact of industry an [...]

    3. In this academic survey of white middle class dating from the 1920s through the 1960s, Beth Bailey argues that any notions of traditional courtship are suspect since the practice has evolved many times since the days of gentlemen callers at the fin de si cle She makes a case for the fact that dating was predicated on economics, not only in terms of consumption dances, movies, dinners, flowers but in its very nature relying on scarcity vs abundance , which gives new meaning to the phrase on the m [...]

    4. In the space of about three quarters of a century, courtship in the United States went through at least three different large scale changes This book is a short history that explains what happened and makes a credible stab at why it happened I understand the reason it is so popular in university history and women s studies classes It is interesting, informative, and readable.I looked at the footnotes as I read In addition to journal articles, the author supports her writing with quotations from [...]

    5. Much less deep than I had expected, but a nice overview of the history of courtship from the 1910s to the 1950s or so Individual chapters could be nicely paired with heavy readings in a 200 300 level course Though I liked the thrust of this book about how the concept of dating arose and how this intersected with new concepts of sexuality , I didn t know what to think of the blanket statement at the beginning that everyone basically engaged with these middle class ideals, no matter their class I [...]

    6. This book was a great combination of fabulous scholarship mixed with intensely readable prose The subject matter is of interest to anyone, but despite my having read plenty of social history books about the 20s 30s and the post WWII era, I was fascinated to contrast the pre and post WWII eras There was an extremely different philosophy about acceptable behavior in each time period the 20s and 30s were all about having as many different dates as possible, where the 50s were about having a small n [...]

    7. I enjoyed learning how our social culture of dating grew to be what it is today and how it began I found it interesting how each phase throughout history was traced, such as calling, courting, coke dates , rating and dating, and the sexual revolution How ever i think that she could have gone into depth about the age group she was writing about Today, kids are beginning to date earlier and earlier and i would assume that when was the social norm, the women were about 17 however I also have to as [...]

    8. This was fascinating and entertaining As someone who didn t grow up with my grandparents alive, I had no perspective on the evolution of dating, and thought that the 50 s style of dating going steady was just how it had always been And I was completely wrongarently, parents of teens in that era were utterly mystified by the convention dating in the decades previous to WWII focused on being wildly popular and in demand, and in dating as many boys as superficially as possible How would you know wh [...]

    9. Very helpful to me as I think about my project, but casual readers would enjoy it as well, I think This book provides a good overview of the history of courtship in America, and its movement from the private to the public sphere over the course of the 20th century The author employs many interesting sources college textbooks and handbooks, advice manuals, magazines, reports from social scientists in the marriage education movement, etc.

    10. This was pretty fascinating both the shift from the calling system to dating and the shift from dating as many people as possible in the 20 s and 30 s to the early marriage and going steady model of post WWII I want to have my mom read it and get her take on it too The last chapter, about college marriage courses and the social science experts on marriage, was less interesting and could have used some examples I think.

    11. I appreciated this book, but I also felt like it could have been written in a lot less words I felt like it repeated a lot or went into detail on things that didn t matter that much to the point Not sure if that makes sense, I m better at reading words than writing them It was a fun read though, and I feel like in the end I learned what I needed to from it.

    12. This has a very interesting topic but wasn t presented in a very interesting manner Plus a previous reader took weird notes in the margins, evidently using it for a paper or analyzing the book itself, which was super distracting I would like to read about the various dynamics through the generations presented here, gender, financial, etc, but this wasn t the book for me right now.

    13. Fascinating account of the evolution of dating in America, roughly from 1900 to 1960, with an emphasis on its economic aspects and how those play out socially Bailey should write a follow up volume for the 60s on It would be an enormous task, but well worth it if she accomplished as careful and insightful a study as she did in this book.

    14. Awesome book Didn t feel like it dragged on or belitted fairly recent practices A great history of dating, full of contridictions and anecdotes If nothing else fun to read about how girls fought for popularity and that 10 orchid.

    15. Not true historical non fiction, which means the book is entertaining Factual, but told from feminist perspective two thumbs up to that says me Easy to read with great graphics The sexist advertisements featured in the book are worth buying even if you don t get around to reading it.

    16. I heard Beth Bailey speak on backstoryradio, and found her topic fascinating Her book, not so much I d definitely go hear her speak, but I just didn t find her writing style as interesting as her speaking style.

    17. This was written in 1988 I learned a lot about dating practices from the 1920s through the 1960s, and I d love to see an updated version including the author s impressions on dating or the lack thereof from the 1970s through the present day.

    18. Completely fascinating look at how courtship has changed over the last century A fairly quick, and very interesting read.

    19. A little brief in scope for my taste I also would have liked to seen the book organized by timeperiod rather than by issue However, still interesting.

    20. Not everyone loves an academic social history, but I do Interesting, and bound to break a few stereotypes about various periods of the good old days.

    21. A very interesting academic book Really helped me understand my grandmothers and mothers better, as well as my own ideas about courtship and dating.

    22. Excellent discussion of courtship practices during the twentieth century, even though it may rely a bit too much on college yearbooks.

    23. I know academia is supposed to be dry but for what should have been a fun topic this one became very plodding Graphs would have been better than the tables.

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