Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940

Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940

by Chad Heap
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226322440

ISBN-13: 9780226322445

Pub. Date: 10/30/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this fascinating history, Chad Heap reveals that the reality of slumming was far more widespread-and important-than nostalgia-tinged recollections would lead us to believe. From its appearance as a "fashinoable dissipation"centered on the immigrant and working-class districts of 1880s New York through its spread to Chicago and into the 1930s nightspots

Overview

In this fascinating history, Chad Heap reveals that the reality of slumming was far more widespread-and important-than nostalgia-tinged recollections would lead us to believe. From its appearance as a "fashinoable dissipation"centered on the immigrant and working-class districts of 1880s New York through its spread to Chicago and into the 1930s nightspots frequented by lesblans and gay men, Slumming charts the development of this popular pastime, demonstrating how its moralizing origins were soon outstripped by the artistic, racial, and sexual adventuring that typified Jazz-age America. While Heap acknowledges the role of exploitation and voyeurism in slumming-and recounts the resistance it often provoked-he also argues that the relatively uninhibited mingling it promoted across bounds of race and class helped to dramatically recast the racial and sexual landscape of burgeoning U. S, cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226322445
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/30/2010
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Spatial Dynamics of Slumming and the Emergence of Commercial Leisure 15

1 Into the Slums: The Spatial Organization, Cultural Geography, and Regulation of a New Urban Pastime 17

2 Beyond the Slums: Commercial Leisure and the Reorganization and Policing of Urban Space 55

part 2 The Changing Conceptualization of Sexuality and Race in the Slumming Vogues of Chicago and New York 99

3 Adventures in the Slums and Red-Light Districts 101

4 The Search for Bohemian Thrillage 154

5 The Negro Vogue: Excursions into a "Mysterious Dark World" 189

6 The Pansy and Lesbian Craze in White and Black 231

Epilogue 277

Notes 287

List of Abbreviations in Notes 391

Index 395

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