The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century [NOOK Book]

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During the first part of the twentieth century thousands of working-class New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island in search of a release from their workaday lives and the values of bourgeois society. On the other side of the Atlantic, British workers heade

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The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century

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Overview


During the first part of the twentieth century thousands of working-class New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island in search of a release from their workaday lives and the values of bourgeois society. On the other side of the Atlantic, British workers heade

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Editorial Reviews

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Social history at its best... Essential.

Institute of Historical Research (UK) - Brad Beaven
...A fascinating account of the changing nature of the pleasure-seeking crowd in the US and Britain during the twentieth century.
The American Historical Review - Susan Currell
Engaging... fascinating... excellent... a model of collaborative scholarship, this book contributes much to the history of twentieth-century amusements.
Journal of Social History - Scott C. Martin
The Playful Crowd succeeds admirably, both as comparative history and as a study of popular leisure.
Annals of Tourism Research - Auvo Kostiainen
A valuable book for students studying pleasure, leisure, and tourism.
Winterthur Portfolio - Thomas A. Chambers
The Playful Crowd does what few studies of leisure have attempted—compare tourism across time and space.
Choice
Social history at its best... Essential.
The Times Higher Education Supplement
This book, which is vividly and engagingly written, makes a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of a cultural phenomenon.
Institute of Historical Research (UK)
...A fascinating account of the changing nature of the pleasure-seeking crowd in the US and Britain during the twentieth century.

— Brad Beaven, University of Portsmouth

The American Historical Review
Engaging... fascinating... excellent... a model of collaborative scholarship, this book contributes much to the history of twentieth-century amusements.

— Susan Currell

Journal of Social History
The Playful Crowd succeeds admirably, both as comparative history and as a study of popular leisure.

— Scott C. Martin

Winterthur Portfolio
The Playful Crowd does what few studies of leisure have attempted—compare tourism across time and space.

— Thomas A. Chambers, Niagara University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231502832
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author


Gary S. Cross is professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of several titles, including An All-Consuming Century: Why Commercialism Won in Modern America (Columbia, 2000).

John K. Walton is professor of social history at the University of Central Lancashire. His most recent book is The British Seaside: Holidays and Resorts in the Twentieth Century.

Gary Cross is professor of history at Penn State and the author of An All-Consuming Century (CUP, 2000); Time and Money: The Making of Consumerist Modernity (Routledge, 1993; A Quest for Time: The Reduction of Work in Britain and France, 1840-1940 (University of California Press, 1989) and A Social History of Leisure since 1600 (Venture, 1990)

Gary Cross is professor of history at Penn State and the author of An All-Consuming Century (CUP, 2000); Time and Money: The Making of Consumerist Modernity (Routledge, 1993; A Quest for Time: The Reduction of Work in Britain and France, 1840-1940 (University of California Press, 1989) and A Social History of Leisure since 1600 (Venture, 1990)

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Table of Contents

1 Making the popular resort : Coney Island and Blackpool about 1900 11
2 Industrial saturnalia and the playful crowd 59
3 The crowd and its critics 97
4 Decline and reinvention : Coney Island and Blackpool 131
5 The Disney challenge 167
6 "Enrichment through enjoyment" : the Beamish museum in a theme park age 205
7 The crowd transformed? 239
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