Fear and Conventionality

Fear and Conventionality

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by Elsie Clews Parsons
     
 

Widely admired by cultural critics and the avant garde when it was first published, Fear and Conventionality broke new ground for American anthropology. In it, Elsie Clews Parsons turns a cool and ironic eye on the mores and customs of her own upper-class New York society. A modern mind at the turn of the century, Parsons challenged social conventions about gender and… See more details below

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Widely admired by cultural critics and the avant garde when it was first published, Fear and Conventionality broke new ground for American anthropology. In it, Elsie Clews Parsons turns a cool and ironic eye on the mores and customs of her own upper-class New York society. A modern mind at the turn of the century, Parsons challenged social conventions about gender and family as part of the new feminist movement. Witty, graceful, and impassioned, this book will be of interest to social and cultural historians and anyone interested in early twentieth-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226647463
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I: On not Taking to Strangers
II: Travelers
III: Hospitality: The Guest
IV: Hospitality: The Host
V: Introductions and Disinfectant Rites
VI: Caste
VII: A Postscript on Chivalry
VIII: Acquaintances
IX: Presents
X: Calling
XI: Entertaining
XII: Between the Sexes
XIII: Marriage
XIV: In the Family
XV: Age-Classes
XVI: Concerning Ghosts and Gods
XVII: An Unconventional Society
References
Index

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