Cover for BENSON: Counter Cultures: Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940. Click for larger image

Counter Cultures

Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the Chicago Women in Publishing Award, "Relevance to Women's Issues," 1987.

The luxurious appearance and handsome profits of American department stores from 1890 to 1940 masked a three-way struggle among saleswomen, managers, and customers for control of the selling floor. Counter Cultures explores the complex nature and contradictions of the conflict in an arena where class, gender, and the emerging culture of consumption all came together.

"Counter Cultures is a path-breaking and imaginative social history. Benson has made an original and sophisticated contribution to the study of the work process in the service sector."
-- Journal of American History

"Counter Cultures advances our understanding of the history of women and work, and it does so in an engaging way that should command the attention not only of historians but of a general readership as well."
-- Women's Review of Books

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/43kzt8qw9780252060137.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Ghost Stories for Darwin

The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity

Banu Subramaniam

Redeeming Time

Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912

William A. Mirola

Winning the War for Democracy

The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946

David Lucander

Muddying the Waters

Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

Richa Nagar

Contested Terrain

Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders

Sally L. Kitch

Classic Hollywood

Lifestyles and Film Styles of American Cinema, 1930-1960

Veronica Pravadelli

Jane Addams in the Classroom

Edited by David Schaafsma

Beyond Partition

Gender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India

Deepti Misri

Watching Women's Liberation, 1970

Feminism's Pivotal Year on the Network News

Bonnie J. Dow

Gleanings of Freedom

Free and Slave Labor along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860

Max Grivno