The Bohemian Ethos: Questioning Work and Making a Scene on the Lower East Side, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Bohemian Ethos

Questioning Work and Making a Scene on the Lower East Side, 1st Edition

By Judith R. Halasz


214 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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The iconoclastic ingenuity of bohemians, from Gerard de Nerval to Allen Ginsberg, continually captivates the popular imagination; the worlds of fashion, advertising, and even real estate all capitalize on the alternative appeal of bohemian style. Persistently overlooked, however, is bohemians' distinctive relationship to work. In this book, sociologist Judith R. Halasz examines the fascinating junctures between bohemian labor and life. Weaving together historiography, ethnography, and personal experiences of having been raised amidst downtown New York's bohemian communities, Halasz deciphers bohemians' unconventional behaviors and attitudes towards employment and the broader work world. From the nineteenth-century harbingers on Paris' Left Bank to the Beats, Underground, and more recent bohemian outcroppings on New York's Lower East Side, The Bohemian Ethos traces the embodiment of a politically charged yet increasingly precarious form of cultural resistance to hegemonic social and economic imperatives.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Parisian Prototype: 19th-Century Bohemia 3. TheBeats: Political Poetics 4. The 1960s: A Generation in Revolt 5. The Underground 6. Get Back to Work: The Demise of the Underground 7. On the Margins of the Workaday World: Productivity, the Work Ethic, and Bohemian Self-Determination 8. Epilogue to a Scene: The Current Situation

About the Author

Judith R. Halasz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban