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A very interesting “academic” book. Mar 21, Hillbillie rated it liked it Shelves: As he goes through the reader realizes how much courtship is linked to culture and social conventions and I think as a young bzckseat of the 21th century, one has to study the very root of our current courtship system.

The invention of the automobile explained the rise of dating: Proms provided a good forum for competition: Only flag comments that twentieth-centurry need our attention. Want to Read feom. Discover new books on Goodreads.

I want to have my mom read it and get her take on it too. I did enjoy her book and i learned a lot about dating in america from it. Her very last remark answers why the word love barely appears in her work: She also states that some women started to enter public jobs, and therefore public sphere.

There was confusion in the balance of power during the twenty years about to calling and dating coexisted: She then uses the development of cultural media to backdeat her point: I understand the reason it is so popular in university history and women’s studies classes: The power of the family declined and women left home for work; as a result, local youth cultures started earlier on campus.

Jul 27, Grete rated it really liked it. Sep 11, Craig Werner rated it really liked it Shelves: As such, Bailey uses these conflicts to show the ways that dating had to change in order to accommodate the needs, wishes, and demands of a culture undoubtedly affected by loss of men, of stability and security, of cultural and self-awareness, form opportunity, etc.


Consumption became crucial in courtship. The sexist advertisements featured in the book are worth buying even if you don’t get around to reading it. Cutting in was possible because of the overabundance of men so that dances were made possible. Methods of Dating Artifacts. Chapter 4, Sex Control.

From front porch to back seat: courtship in twentieth-century America

The rules and rituals governing dating and marriage had been based crom the concept of man-as-provider, but more and more young women entered the job market. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of K4Health. Flowers in this respect are to be seen as great examples of the competiton through consumption.

I enjoyed learning how our social culture of dating grew to be what it is today and how it began. While Bailey’s exhaustive research would have made a fascinating article or interview, I found From Front Porch to Back Seat too long and too dry.

During this time, a series of experts began to decide that managing marriage through education was a good idea and americw courses became standard fare at American colleges. I learned a lot about dating practices from the s through the s, and I’d love to see an updated version including the author’s impressions on dating or the lack thereof from the s through the present day.

Twentieht-century section contains words approx. The author always relies on primary sources: From front porch to back seat: The second issue dealt with security: Bailey should write a follow-up volume for the ’60s on. The nineteenth century did not focus twfntieth-century ‘youth’ as the category did not exist. Excellent discussion of courtship practices during the twentieth century, even though it may rely a bit too much on college yearbooks.


Her book, not so much. Men complained that dating was too expensive but they did not understand that money was synonymous with power so that men paid for eveything and women were dependent. Chapter 3, The Worth of a Date. Feb 10, Tiffani Anderson rated it liked it. Today, kids are beginning to date earlier and earlier and i would assume that when was the social norm, the women were about Locating the system of rules and expectations in an array of primary sources — advice and etiquette backseay, college newspapers, school songs, and mainstream academic texts — Bailey captures something interesting but I would prefer an analysis of backseqt and music and movies!

From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Summary & Study Guide

Not everyone loves an academic social history, but I do. I got a lot out of this book, which packed quite a punch for it’s small size, porcb plan on recommending it to students as a good resource for social history term papers.

Though I liked the thrust of this book about how the concept of dating arose and how this intersected with new concepts of sexualityI didn’t know what to think of the blanket statement at the beginning that everyone basically engaged with these middle class ideals, no matter thei Much less deep than I had expected, but twentietu-century nice overview of the history of courtship from the s to the s or so.

Jul 30, Stacy rated it really liked it.