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The Taxi-dance Hall
Author: Paul Goalby Cressey

ISBN: 9780226120515
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 17 July 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.1
Description:
First published in 1932, "The Taxi-Dance Hall" is Paul Goalby Cressey's fascinating study of Chicago's urban nightlife--as seen through the eyes of the patrons, owners, and dancers-for-hire who frequented the city's notoriously seedy "taxi-dance" halls.
Taxi-dance halls, as the introduction notes, were social centers where men could come and pay to dance with "a bevy of pretty, vivacious, and often mercenary" women. Ten cents per dance was the usual fee, with half the proceeds going to the dancer and the other half to the owner of the taxi-hall. Cressey's study includes detailed maps of the taxi-dance districts, illuminating interviews with dancers, patrons, and owners, and vivid analyses of local attempts to reform the taxi-dance hall and its attendees.
Cressey's study reveals these halls to be the distinctive urban consequence of tensions between a young, diverse, and economically independent population at odds with the restrictive regulations of Prohibition America. Thick with sexual vice, ethnic clashes, and powerful undercurrents of class, "The Taxi-Dance Hall" is a landmark example of Chicago sociology, pe...

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