From Tank Town to High Tech: The Clash of Community and by June C. Nash

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When women entered the work force, it was considered a temporary expedient to pay for "extras" like vacations and dining out, but as it went on, women's wages went more frequently for lunches for the kids, clothing, and other basic maintenance costs. In business, family, sports and community affairs of Pittsfield, the striving toward precision, technical know-how and one-ups-manship defined the behavior that was exhibited, applauded and emulated. These qualities are manifested in the pruned hedges, mowed lawns, polished and tuned automobiles.

Entered the twentieth century electronic age. Cumbler's (1979) emphasis on the significance of culture in the formulation of class consciousness in his study of Lynn and Fall River is a recurrent theme in this book as well. " These same institutions provided the basis for accommodation to corporate hegemony as General Electric became the principle employer in Pittsfield as well as Lynn. The entry of General Electric in Pittsfield occurred much as Cumbler describes its entry into Lynn. A local shoe manufacturer purchased the American Electrical Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut and brought it to Lynn in 1883, just a few years before the formation of the Stanley Electric Company, with money from local textile manufacturers, in Pittsfield.

People hire others to dance their ethnic dances or cater their special foods in ethnic fairs and celebrations. Americans have become consumers of their own cultural roots, as I try to show in Chapter 7, on the commercial life of the community, and Chapter 9, on family life. Holistic studies of communities also allow us to see how, in their leisure pursuits, workers maintain alternative values from those that prevail in the work place. Rosenzweig (1983:223) shows how Worcester's working class in their leisure pursuits call into question any thesis of cultural consensus.

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