Fear and Conventionality
A modern mind at the turn of the century, Parsons challenged social conventions at a time when it was less than popular to do so. Witty, graceful, and impassioned, this book will be of interest to social and cultural historians and anyone interested in early twentieth-century America.
Elsie Clews Parsons (1874-1941) is the author of many books, including The Family, The Old-Fashioned Woman, Pueblo Indian Religion, and Mitla. Available from the University of Chicago Press is Elsie Clews Parsons: Constructing Sex and Culture in Modernist America, a biography by Desley Deacon.
I: On not Taking to Strangers
III: Hospitality: The Guest
IV: Hospitality: The Host
V: Introductions and Disinfectant Rites
VII: A Postscript on Chivalry
XII: Between the Sexes
XIV: In the Family
XVI: Concerning Ghosts and Gods
XVII: An Unconventional Society