[Epub] Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit By Robert Bogdan – Metalstampedmemories.info

Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit From Until , Freak Shows By The Hundreds Crisscrossed The United States, From The Smallest Towns To The Largest Cities, Exhibiting Their Casts Of Dwarfs, Giants, Siamese Twins, Bearded Ladies, Savages, Snake Charmers, Fire Eaters, And Other Oddities By Today S Standards Such Displays Would Be Considered Cruel And Exploitative The Pornography Of Disability Yet For One Hundred Years The Freak Show Was Widely Accepted As One Of America S Most Popular Forms Of Entertainment Robert Bogdan S Fascinating Social History Brings To Life The World Of The Freak Show And Explores The Culture That Nurtured And, Later, Abandoned It In Uncovering This Neglected Chapter Of Show Business, He Describes In Detail The Flimflam Artistry Behind The Shows, The Promoters And The Audiences, And The Gradual Evolution Of Public Opinion From Awe To Embarrassment Freaks Were Not Born, Bogdan Reveals They Were Manufactured By The Amusement World, Usually With The Active Participation Of The Freaks Themselves Many Of The Human Curiosities Found Fame And Fortune, Becoming The Celebrities Of Their Time, Until The Ascent Of Professional Medicine Transformed Them From Marvels Into Pathological Specimans


10 thoughts on “Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit

  1. says:

    Freak Show Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Robert Bogdon University of Chicago Press 1988 791.1 Author Robert Bogdon paints a vivid portrait of life inside the travelling shows that exhibited malformed humans The fat lady, the sword swallower, t


  2. says:

    I really liked this book because of the extensive research that was done to make the reader knowledgeable about the topic at hand While Mr Bogdan breaks it up into categories that can be followed if read the right way, I feel that he should ve just broken it up intomanageable


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    As freaks sat on the platform, most looked down on the audience with contempt not because they felt angry at being gawked at or being called freaks, but simply because the amusement world looked down on rubes in general Their contempt was that of insiders toward the uninitiated For thos


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    It s worth considering that, although freak shows seemed to take advantage and supposedly exploited people with disabilities, medical conditions, and birth defects, those freaks were largely showmen and in charge of their careers People who thought they were doing good by working to ban these typ


  5. says:

    Really interesting perspective of the history of the Freak Show Exploitation vs Opportunities Travel Financial Stability Family Mentality It s definitely a niche topic, but I am very glad I picked it up.


  6. says:

    A lot of the information I read I knew about There was some information that I didn t know and was new and interesting to read about.Only complaint were how sources were cited It took away from the book because of how distracting it was.


  7. says:

    Robert Bogdan is a Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Sociology and the Director of the Social Science Doctoral Program for the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies at Syracuse University His book, Freak Show Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit, looks at the history and practice o


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    For being one of the first researchers to investigate this topic, Bogdan s work is a necessary starting point when you want to learnabout the history of Freak Shows I didn t entirely agree with his assessment that Freak Shows were largely beneficial and not exploitative to performers, and I found his eventual use of the term exhibit or


  9. says:

    This was an excellent read, researched thoroughly and in depth I like how the author was objective and allowed us to cast our own judgments I m sure for those who felt truly exploited by showing themselves there were just as many orwho felt it was a decent way to earn a living and maintain a lifestyle I truly dislike it when people get outraged


  10. says:

    Well researched insight into the oddities that defied normalcy from 1800s to about 1950s The rich treasure of folks on the tail ends of the bell curve are chronicled in this history of little people, the tallest man, conjoined twins, the fat lady, albinos and a variety of people who had no other means of employment but their differences.


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