The Resource Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States, (ebook)

Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States, (ebook)

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Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States
Title
Household accounts
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working-class family economies in the interwar United States
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Language
eng
Summary
With unprecedented subtlety, compassion and richness of detail, Susan Porter Benson takes readers into the budgets and the lives of working-class families in the United States between the two world wars. Focusing on families from regions across America and of differing races and ethnicities, she argues that working-class families of the time were not on the verge of entering the middle class and embracing mass culture. Rather, she contends that during the interwar period such families lived in a context of scarcity and limited resources, not plenty. Their consumption, Benson argues, revolved around hard choices about basic needs and provided therapeutic satisfactions only secondarily, if at all. Household Accounts is rich with details Benson gathered from previously untapped sources, particularly interviews with women wage earners conducted by field agents of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor. She provides a vivid picture of a working-class culture of family consumption: how working-class families negotiated funds; how they made qualitative decisions about what they wanted; how they determined financial strategies and individual goals; and how, in short, families made ends meet during this period. Topics usually central to the histories of consumption-he development of mass consumer culture, the hegemony of middle-class versions of consumption, and the expanded offerings of the marketplace-contributed to but did not control the lives of working-class people. Ultimately, Household Accounts seriously calls into question the usual narrative of a rising and inclusive tide of twentieth-century consumption
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Midwest
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1943-2005
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Benson, Susan Porter
Dewey number
339.4/7086230973
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Households
  • Families
  • Working class
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Electronic books
  • United States
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adult
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Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States, (ebook)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780801454264
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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MWT12421724
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remote
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MWT12421724
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Household accounts : working-class family economies in the interwar United States, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801454264
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12421724
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
MWT12421724
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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