The Resource When ladies go a-thieving : middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store, Elaine S. Abelson

When ladies go a-thieving : middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store, Elaine S. Abelson

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When ladies go a-thieving : middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store
Title
When ladies go a-thieving
Title remainder
middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store
Statement of responsibility
Elaine S. Abelson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book focuses on middle-class urban women as participants in new forms of consumer culture. Within the special world of the department store, women found themselves challenged to resist the enticements of consumption. Many succumbed, buying both what they needed and what they desired, but also stealing what seemed so readily available. Pitted against these middle-class women were the management, detectives, and clerks of the department stores. The author argues that in the interest of concealing this darker side of consumerism, women of the middle class, but not those of the working class, were allowed to shoplift and plead incapacitating illness--kleptomania. The invention of kleptomania by psychiatrists and the adoption of this ideology of feminine weakness by retailers, newspapers, the general public, the accused women themselves, and even the courts reveals the way in which a gender analysis allowed proponents of consumer capitalism to mask its contradictions
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abelson, Elaine S
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6658
LC item number
.A24 1989
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shoplifting
  • Female offenders
  • Middle class women
  • Women consumers
  • Department stores
Label
When ladies go a-thieving : middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store, Elaine S. Abelson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Urban women and the emergence of shopping -- The world of the store -- The two-way mirror -- Invisible authority -- Dilemmas of detection -- Shoplifting ladies -- "...Disposition shady, but a perfect lady"
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 292 p., [14] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195051254
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89009379
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)19623873
  • (OCoLC)19623873
Label
When ladies go a-thieving : middle-class shoplifters in the Victorian department store, Elaine S. Abelson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Urban women and the emergence of shopping -- The world of the store -- The two-way mirror -- Invisible authority -- Dilemmas of detection -- Shoplifting ladies -- "...Disposition shady, but a perfect lady"
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 292 p., [14] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195051254
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89009379
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)19623873
  • (OCoLC)19623873

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