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Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City, 1900-1950

Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City, 1900-1950 (Hardback)

By Cohen, Miriam

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In turn-of-the-century New York, Italian immigrant daughters spent their youth in factories while their mothers did irregular wage labor as well as domestic work at home. By the I940s, Italian-American girls were in school, socializing and preparing for white-collar jobs that wou...ld not begin until they were eighteen. Drawing on a range of sources from censuses to high school yearbooks, Miriam Cohen examines shifting patterns in the family roles, work lives, and schooling of two generations of Italian-American women. Paying particular attention to the importance of these women's pragmatic daily choices, she documents how major social and political changes helped create new opportunities and constraints for the second generation.While financial need was a powerful factor in determining the behavior of the first generation women, Cohen shows, they and their daughters succeeded in adapting family survival strategies to new work patterns. Once the second generation was married, their careers mirrored those of the first in many ways: they raised children, cared for the home, and took on paid employment when necessary. Unlike their mothers, however, these Italian-American wives could also participate in the growing consumerism surrounding home and childcare. Throughout, Cohen compares the changing Italian-American experience with that of Jewish women, discovering significant similarities in these experiences by 1950.As well as presenting a nuanced portrait of one group of ethnic working-class women, Workshop to Office demonstrates the impact of political developments on individual lives. It will spark lively debates among students and scholars of social history, immigration history, labor history, women's history, and the history of education in the United States.
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ISBN 9780801427220
Released NZ 1 Apr 1993
Publisher Cornell University Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780801427220
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Cornell University Press
Imprint Cornell University Press
Released 1 Apr 1993
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Cohen, Miriam
Category History
World History: From C 1900 -
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 974.7100451
Weight 28g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Italian American women - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century., Italian American families - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century., New York (N.Y.) - Social conditions.
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade