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Author Remus, Emily, 1984- author.

Title A shoppers' paradise : how the ladies of Chicago claimed power and pleasure in the new downtown / Emily Remus.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  381.1082 REM    AVAILABLE
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Description 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Moneyed women and the downtown -- The hoopskirt war of 1893 -- Consumer rights and the theater hat problem -- Tippling ladies and public pleasure -- Mashers, prostitutes, and shopping ladies -- The traffic of women.
Summary A Shoppers' Paradise examines the incorporation of women consumers into public space and public culture. The site is Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century--when the city, rising like a phoenix after the Great Fire, became a center of debate over capitalist urbanism. The book explores the new practices of public consumption that monied women pursued on the streets of the city's burgeoning retail district and in the restaurants, hotels, department stores, and theaters built by entrepreneurs who invited their patronage. It also brings to light the conflict evoked by ladies' public presence, as city officials, clergymen, and influential industrialists responded to their conspicuous new habits of consuming in an urban public sphere that had once been the preserve of men. At stake, the book demonstrates, were competing visions of urban commerce, the place of women, and the cultural legitimacy of new forms of consumption. These conflicts, over gender and space, shaped the creation of a built environment and cultural norms that upheld women's consumption and sustained the rise of American consumer capitalism.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Women consumers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Shopping -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Purchasing power -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Retail trade -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
Economic history.
Purchasing power.
Retail trade.
Women consumers.
Loop (Chicago, Ill.) -- History.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Economic conditions.
Illinois -- Chicago.
Illinois -- Chicago -- Loop.
Genre History.
ISBN 9780674987272 hardcover alkaline paper
0674987276 hardcover alkaline paper
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