It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White

It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 [KINDLE] ✾ It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 By Katherine Jellison – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk What s white, costs billions of dollars, and embodies the American dream For years, a white gowned bride, multi tiered white cake, and shiny gold rings have been the central icons for a grand American What s white, costs billions Day: America's MOBI ï of dollars, and embodies the American dream For years, a white gowned bride, multi tiered white cake, and shiny gold rings have been the central It's Our ePUB í icons for a grand American tradition that remains vibrant despite changing times Now Katherine Jellison gives us a comprehensive cultural history of American weddings since World War II, examining the development Our Day: America's Kindle Ô of our precise and expensive standards for celebrating weddings and the staying power of this phenomenon in the face of enormous social, political, and economic upheaval Jellison s book is the first to examine wedding culture in the context of postwar cultural change, analyzing the mechanisms that disseminated, updated, and sustained the specific tradition of the white wedding Tracing the ritual back to the rise of consumer culture in the postwar boom, it also examines how Americans guaranteed the survival of the white wedding into the twenty first century by amending the ideology that supported it and reinterpreting the functions it served Jellison examines the ways the bridal business, the media, and consumers responded to new norms that expanded the notions of who was an appropriate white wedding bride She particularly examines the key influences that have sustained this cultural phenomenon for sixty years the bridal wear industry, celebrity weddings, movie weddings, and media coverage of the weddings next door to show that the white wedding has become a unifying experience that crosses gender, class, and racial lines Here are the mystique of the perfect white wedding gown, a cavalcade of iconic brides from Grace Kelly to Caroline Bessette, and the proliferation of reality weddings in magazinesand on television Jellison draws on pro wedding writings of contemporary feminist authors, as well as oral histories of bridal couples from diverse backgrounds, and examines contemporary issues such as the legalization of same sex marriage and its backlash and the post Katrina Hurricane Brides project Engagingly written and lavishly illustrated, It s Our Day tells how a fantasy event survived counterculture movements and organized feminism to become a multi billion dollar industry supporting clothiers, caterers, jewelers, and florists But than an expose of commercialism, it is a testament to the flexibility of the dream it represents.


10 thoughts on “It's Our Day: America's Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005

  1. Nancy Loe Nancy Loe says:

    What a disappointment The author s hectoring tone ruins what could have been a lively book The section on weddings in movies is particularly tiresome, featuring plodding plot dissections of movies through what I suppose is some kind of pseudo feminist lens A sample from Father of the Bride, a delightful 1950 film A 20 year old daughter, Kay, apparently does not have a job or go to school but instead largely spends her time pursuing leisure and consumer activities Here s another subtextual What a disappointment The author s hectoring tone ruins what could have been a lively book The section on weddings in movies is particularly tiresome, featuring plodding plot dissections of movies through what I suppose is some kind of pseudo feminist lens A sample from Father of the Bride, a delightful 1950 film A 20 year old daughter, Kay, apparently does not have a job or go to school but instead largely spends her time pursuing leisure and consumer activities Here s another subtextual scolding insight Perhaps reflecting the increased opportunities for upward mobility in the wedding industry since 1950, Franck Martin Short speaks in an indecipherable foreign accent in contrast to the upper crust dialect used by Leo G Carroll in the original film How about this idea instead it was a movie, in fact, a comedy and Steve Martin and Martin Short were going for laughs instead of reflecting the increased opportunities for upward mobility in the wedding industry The author cites shocking examples of cross promotional movie advertising with great disapproval it seems they used movies to sell products For those who still want to read a sociological take on weddings in America and actually have some fun doing it, I highly recommend Marcia Seligson s The Eternal Bliss Machine America s Way of Wedding Out of print, but well worth tracking down


  2. Lindsay Hall Lindsay Hall says:

    I picked up this book as research for one I am writing and found myself very interested even in the sections that were beyond the scope of my research She traces the origin and development of America s obsession with the white wedding It is very well researched, very in depth, and very easy to read It has an academic tone, but still remains accessible to common readers like me I really appreciated that this book is very current and traces the white wedding s history up to 2008 It was all ve I picked up this book as research for one I am writing and found myself very interested even in the sections that were beyond the scope of my research She traces the origin and development of America s obsession with the white wedding It is very well researched, very in depth, and very easy to read It has an academic tone, but still remains accessible to common readers like me I really appreciated that this book is very current and traces the white wedding s history up to 2008 It was all very relevant and fascinating


  3. Laura Laura says:

    While interesting, this book read a bit too much like a senior thesis I was expectingof an analysis than a statement of trends The section on Life magazine and it s influence was interesting, as was the section on America s obession with celebrity weddings but even this was reductionist Not all celebrity weddings we obsess over involve blonde future housewives Jackie Kennedy as case in point Good effort, but with such a rich subject, I expected the author to delve into why and n While interesting, this book read a bit too much like a senior thesis I was expectingof an analysis than a statement of trends The section on Life magazine and it s influence was interesting, as was the section on America s obession with celebrity weddings but even this was reductionist Not all celebrity weddings we obsess over involve blonde future housewives Jackie Kennedy as case in point Good effort, but with such a rich subject, I expected the author to delve into why and not just how


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