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Author Montemurro, Beth, 1972-

Title Something old, something bold : bridal showers and bachelorette parties / Beth Montemurro.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2006]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 224 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214) and index.
Contents Introduction: Joining the party -- Origins of bridal showers and bachelorette parties -- Something old: etiquette, tradition, and femininity at bridal showers -- Something borrowed and blue: the bachelorette party -- Something new: consumption, materialism, and excess in pre-wedding rituals -- Something different: variations in pre-wedding rituals -- Conclusion: Bashful brides and bold bachelorettes.
Summary "Contemporary weddings in the United States can be extravagant, highly ritualized, and costly affairs. From the intricate details of the wedding dress, to the painstaking selection of flowers, to the festively-packaged favors offered to guests, they are often the culmination of months of fastidious planning and preparations. In "Something Old, Something Bold", sociologist Beth Montemurro takes a fresh look at the wedding process, offering a perspective not likely to be found in the slew of planning books and magazines readily available to the modern bride. Focusing on two events - bachelorette parties and bridal showers - Montemurro draws upon years of ethnographic research and interviews to explore what these prenuptial events mean to women participants and what they tell us about the complexity and ambiguity of gender roles. The innovation of the bachelorette party - a celebration of the bride-to-be's premarital sexual identity - and the addition of men to the domestically oriented shower have often been thought to indicate gender convergence and a more progressive attitude toward power relations between men and women. But, Montemurro suggests that this is not always the case.; Through these events, the bride-to-be is initiated into the role of wife by her friends and family, who present elaborate and exaggerated scenarios that demonstrate both what she is sacrificing and what she is gaining. Ultimately, Montemurro argues, prenuptial rituals contribute to the stabilization of gender inequalities - that American society at the turn of the twenty-first century is still very much married to tradition and traditional conceptions of masculinity and femininity"--Provided by publisher.
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Subject Showers (Parties) -- United States -- History.
Bachelorette parties -- United States -- History.
Marriage customs and rites.
GAMES -- Travel Games.
GAMES -- Reference.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Bachelorette parties. (OCoLC)fst00825038
Marriage customs and rites. (OCoLC)fst01010592
Showers (Parties) (OCoLC)fst01117765
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Montemurro, Beth, 1972- Something old, something bold. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006 0813538106 0813538114 (DLC) 2005028197 (OCoLC)61879613
ISBN 9780813539447 (electronic bk.)
0813539447 (electronic bk.)
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