The World of the Paris Café: Sociability Among the French Working Class, 1789-1914

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JHU Press, Sep 11, 1998 - History - 368 pages
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In The World of the Paris Café, W. Scott Haine investigates what the working-class café reveals about the formation of urban life in nineteenth-century France. Café society was not the product of a small elite of intellectuals and artists, he argues, but was instead the creation of a diverse and changing working population. Making unprecedented use of primary sources—from marriage contracts to police and bankruptcy records—Haine investigates the café in relation to work, family life, leisure, gender roles, and political activity. This rich and provocative study offers a bold reinterpretation of the social history of the working men and women of Paris.

 

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Contents

Regulation and Constraint
3
Privacy in Public
33
Strategies of Sociability
59
The Social Construction of the Drinking Experience
88
From Shopkeepers to Social Entrepreneurs
118
Intimate Anonymity
150
Beyond Prudery and Prostitution
179
Behavioral Politics
207
Conclusion
234
Bibliographic Essay
251
Index
319
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About the author (1998)

W. Scott Haine is a member of the faculty at Holy Names College in California and is the editor of the Social History of Alcohol Review.

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