Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties

Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties

by Beth Montemurro
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813538106

ISBN-13: 9780813538105

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Weddings in the United States are often extravagant, highly ritualized, and costly affairs.  In this book, Beth Montemurro takes a fresh look at the wedding process, offering a perspective not likely to be found in the many planning books and magazines readily available to the modern bride.  Montemurro draws upon years of ethnographic research to explore

Overview

Weddings in the United States are often extravagant, highly ritualized, and costly affairs.  In this book, Beth Montemurro takes a fresh look at the wedding process, offering a perspective not likely to be found in the many planning books and magazines readily available to the modern bride.  Montemurro draws upon years of ethnographic research to explore what prenuptial events mean to women participants and what they tell us about the complexity and ambiguity of gender roles. Through the bachelorette party and the bridal shower, the bride-to-be is initiated into the role of wife by her friends and family, who present elaborate scenarios that demonstrate both what she is sacrificing and what she is gaining.

            Montemurro argues that American society at the turn of the twenty-first century is still married to traditional conceptions of masculinity and femininity and that prenuptial rituals contribute to the stabilization of gender inequalities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813538105
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Joining the Party     1
Origins of Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties     20
Something Old: Etiquette, Tradition, and Femininity at Bridal Showers     44
Something Borrowed and Blue: The Bachelorette Party     85
Something New: Consumption, Materialism, and Excess in Pre-wedding Rituals     132
Something Different: Variations in Pre-wedding Rituals     167
Conclusion: Bashful Brides and Bold Bachelorettes     191
Notes     205
References     207
Index     215

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