Abstract

This study examines the simultaneous strikes at Klein's and Ohrbach's department stores in New York City's Union Square during the Great Depression. It argues that a cultural analysis of strikes can provide for greater understanding of the cultural and social environment in which the strikes take place. In particular, the study suggests that a cultural reading of these two strikes provides information about the label "white-collar worker" as a form of working-class identity, about Union Square as a contested space during the mid-1930s, about downscale stores as contested spaces during this same era, and about communism and communist understandings of female gender roles in the period just before the Popular Front.

Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1897
Print ISSN
0022-4529
Pages
pp. 149-164
Launched on MUSE
2002-09-01
Open Access
No
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