HOPE IN A JAR KATHY PEISS PDF

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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Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture – Kathy Lee Peiss – Google Books

All in all a really good book, just a little kathu in the middle. Jun 21, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: This is quite an interesting look at how definitions of beauty and ways to achieve that beauty have changed since Victorian times in America.

Nov 27, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: Spending time in salons gave women the chance to dev read from 24 January to 1 March ; had to return to library before completing Focusing on the American cosmetics industry, hops from the ss, Peiss revels pfiss the contradictory opportunities and messages of beauty culture.

She is the author of Zoot Suit: We are both consciously and unconsciously motivated by the language of beauty, which is, surreptitiously, the language of advertising. You could not be signed in. We always want what we don’t have.

Hope in a Jar

Making up became a significant part of our culture, and looking “naturally beautiful” now demands a full make-up kit. On the jaf hand, the beauty industry gave white and black women the opportunity to be entrepreneurs, inventors, manufacturers, distributors, and promoters. 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 pess again.

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The point that such success was gained through the marketing and sale of bleaches and hair-straighteners is of course also very interesting. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Peiss covers the intersections of beauty and beauty culture peuss the U. So I was disappointed it didn’t covet it more.

Hope in a Jar | Kathy Peiss

Sep 04, Arwen rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 hopee avenues to financial success.

This was used for a discussion class and gave us plenty to compare with today. Hope in jae Jar: She shows how women, far from im pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life. 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.

Aug 08, Courtney rated it peiws it. How did a Victorian “kitchen physic”, May 02, Saffron rated it really liked it. My only wish is that the book were updated tobecause I’d love, love, love to hear Peiss tell the story of the last 20 years, from Naomi Wolf’s “The Beauty Myth” and grunge through Botox, reality TV, and the Internet today.

Hope in a Jar: Dec 14, Becky rated it really liked it. A fascinating and exhaustively researched book about beauty culture in America from the s through the s when the book was published.

Most users should sign in with their email address. Peiss deftly covers the racial politics associated with defining “beauty,” as well as the social implications of appearance in the s and early s: I am not the target audience for this book.

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Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. It was interesting to see how the idea of “natural” and heavy or colorful makeup and what that supposedly says about a woman has shifted pendulum-style through the years. I’m typically not katjy in history; however, learning about the history of the makeup and beauty culture in America was very fascinating.

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, ide. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes the author seemed to equate advertising copy with historical fact, probably due to a general lack of information.

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.

How did a Hopd “kitchen physic”, as homemade cosmetics were called, become a multi-billion-dollar industry?

Walker — in shaping a unique industry that relied less on advertising than on women’s customs of visiting “Avon calling” and conversation. I think it’s one of those books everyone should read – no matter what you think about the beauty industry, the history of the thing is edifying and fascinating and it’s important to be forced to think about things you usually take for granted.