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Author Benson, Susan Porter, 1943-2005.

Title Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States / Susan Porter Benson ; afterword by David Montgomery
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 233 pages)
Contents "Living on the margin" : working-class marriages and family survival strategies -- "Cooperative conflict" : gender, generation, and consumption in working-class families -- The mutuality of shared spaces -- What goes 'round, comes 'round : working-class reciprocity -- The family economy in the marketplace
Summary "Susan Porter Benson takes readers into the budgets and the lives of working-class families in the United States between the two world wars. Focusing on families from regions across America and of differing races and ethnicities, she argues that working-class families of the time were not on the verge of entering the middle class and embracing mass culture. Rather, she contends that during the interwar period such families lived in a context of scarcity and limited resources, not plenty. Their consumption, Benson argues, revolved around hard choices about basic needs and provided therapeutic satisfactions only secondarily, if at all."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-227) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Consumption (Economics) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Families -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Households -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Working class -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0801454271 (electronic bk.)
9780801454271 (electronic bk.)