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A short history of rudeness : manners, morals, and misbehavior in modern America
Caldwell, Mark.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Picador USA, 1999.
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274 pages ; 22 cm
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"In his thought-provoking new book, literary/social critic Mark Caldwell gives us a history of the demise of manners and charts the triumphant progress of rudeness in America. Touching on aspects of both our public and private lives, including work, family, and sex, he examines how the rules of behavior inevitably change and explains why, no matter how hard we try, we can never return to a golden era of civilized manners and mores."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Public Life
Chapter 1 Colonel Mann and Mrs. Post: Manners, Morals, and Class in Modern Americap. 15
Chapter 2 Manners in Motion: The Rise of Mobility and the Breakdown of Public Behaviorp. 46
Chapter 3 Manners from Nine to Five: Etiquette and Power in the American Workplacep. 69
Chapter 4 Bride, Groom, and Corpse: Rituals and Rites of Passagep. 93
Chapter 5 Virtual Rudeness: Mass Media, Mass Communications, Mass Mannerlessnessp. 119
Part 2 Private Life
Chapter 6 Mr. Bok and Martha: The Triumph of Lifestylep. 147
Chapter 7 The Lady in the Boutique and the Man in the G-String: Etiquette, Race, and Genderp. 168
Chapter 8 From Jean-Jacques to Dr. Spock: Parents, Children, and Disciplinep. 188
Chapter 9 Co-Ed Naked Neo-Victorianism: Manners and Sex in the Ninetiesp. 212
Epilogue: Manners for the Millenniump. 237
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 265