publication . Thesis . 2009

Making the American Aristocracy: Women, Cultural Capital, and High Society in New York City, 1870-1900

Bibby, Emily Katherine;
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  • Published: 10 Jun 2009
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
For over three decades, during the height of Gilded Age economic extravagance, the women of New York High Society maintained an elite social identity by possessing, displaying, and cultivating cultural capital. Particularly, High Society women sought to exclude the Nouveaux Riches who, after amassing vast fortunes in industry or trade, came to New York City in search of social position. High Society women distinguished themselves from these social climbers by obeying restrictive codes of speech, body language, and dress that were the manifestations of their cultural capital. However, in a country founded upon an ethos of egalitarianism, exclusivity could not be ...
free text keywords: Cultural Capital, Dress, Culture of Aspiration, Culture of Consumption, High Society, New York City, Speech, Posture, Women, Space, Gilded Age
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