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Author Remus, Emily, 1984- author

Title A shoppers' paradise : how the ladies of Chicago claimed power and pleasure in the new downtown / Emily Remus
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019
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Contents Monied women and the downtown of the 1890s -- The hoopskirt war of 1893 -- Consumer rights and the theater hat problem -- Tippling ladies and public pleasure -- Mashers, prostitutes, and shopping ladies -- The traffic of women
Summary A Shoppers' Paradise examines the incorporation of women consumers into public space and public culture. The site is Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century--when the city, rising like a phoenix after the Great Fire, became a center of debate over capitalist urbanism. The book explores the new practices of public consumption that monied women pursued on the streets of the city's burgeoning retail district and in the restaurants, hotels, department stores, and theaters built by entrepreneurs who invited their patronage. It also brings to light the conflict evoked by ladies' public presence, as city officials, clergymen, and influential industrialists responded to their conspicuous new habits of consuming in an urban public sphere that had once been the preserve of men. At stake, the book demonstrates, were competing visions of urban commerce, the place of women, and the cultural legitimacy of new forms of consumption. These conflicts, over gender and space, shaped the creation of a built environment and cultural norms that upheld women's consumption and sustained the rise of American consumer capitalism.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Purchasing power -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
Retail trade -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
Shopping -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
Women consumers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Sales & Selling / General
Economic history.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Purchasing power.
Retail trade.
Women consumers.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Economic conditions
Loop (Chicago, Ill.) -- History
Illinois -- Chicago -- Loop.
Illinois -- Chicago.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674240294 (electronic bk.)
9780674240292 (electronic bk.)