The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century

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Columbia University Press, Dec 5, 2005 - Social Science - 352 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Coney Island and Blackpool About 1900
11
2 Industrial Saturnalia and the Playful Crowd
59
3 The Crowd and its Critics
97
Coney Island and Blackpool
131
5 The Disney Challenge
167
The Beamish Museum in a Theme Park Age
205
7 The Crowd Transformed?
239
Notes
257
Index
297
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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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