In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us a vivid history in which women, Replete with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, Hope in a Jar is a. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, historian Kathy Peiss uncovers a vivid Rich with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, “Hope in a Jar” is a. In this lively social history of America’s beauty culture, freelance writer Peiss traces the background and growth of the billion-dollar U.S. cosmetics industry over.
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We always want what we don’t have. A very interesting look at the growth of the cosmetic industry in the United States. I didn’t realize the book was published peiesand kept wondering why the book didn’t keep going. I learned about the history of makeup in the US.
In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us a vivid history in which women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life.
She hole in the late 19th century, when cosmetics, often filled with such toxic substances as lead, were mostly the stuff of hussies and fallen women. Jun 21, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: She details the gradual acceptance of cosmetics, including their very important role in establishing women as entrepreneurs in business. Jan 16, Rebecca rated it really liked it.
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I just thought that there could have been an extreme amount katyy things that could of been taken out and. Really interesting book about the beauty industry in America. All in all a really good book, just a little slow in the middle.
peiws Kathy Peiss beautifully maneuvers through this social history with entertaining, thought-provoking ease. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. This was recommended by a youtuber I follow. Dec 22, Nicole Stettler rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published May 15th by Owl Books first published Oh, and there’s something about the evolution of beauty preparations for men too. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? I found the different perspectives on race to be detailed and eye opening, it really pairs well with a novel I read called Americana in which the author talks about the politicalness and symbolism of black women’s hair.
Sign In or Create an Account. Kathy Peiss is Roy F. Of particular note was the history of the cosmetics industry and the political implications of women-owned including women of color businesses being co-opted by male-owned conglomerates.
Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, historian Kathy Peiss uncovers a vivid history in which women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.
Nov 30, Paulina rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Our gender roles, our morals, our identity are constantly under scrutiny from men and women alike.
From New York’s genteel enameling studios to Memphis’s straightening parlors, Peiss depicts the beauty trades that thrived until the s, when corporations run by men entered the lucrative field, creating a mass consumer culture that codified modern femininity. Two hundreds years ago make-up was practically a sin among the middle and upper class, and in the past I’ve been a part of many conversations about objectification of women by our media culture and absurdness of the beauty standarts planted in our heads since we were kids, and this book made me think over my arguments pesis.
This is a great book on the cultural history of America.
Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture – Kathy Peiss – Google Books
Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden were monumental players, of course, but African-American women played a humungous role in creating women-owned companies that allowed other women to become financially independent and confident. Then came social upheaval and feminsm and the new “natural,” and finally the multicultural advertising boom of the ’80s, which changed everything again.
Peiss deftly covers the racial politics associated with defining “beauty,” as well as the social implications of appearance in the s and early s: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.
This book didn’t really have much of an overarching point or any special insights, but I did find this history interesting, especially the stories of African American women’s entrepreneurship in an era when they had access to so few avenues to financial success.
For me, that’s what I was most int This was recommended by a youtuber I follow. Aug 14, Korri added it Shelves: