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Get Out of My Room!A History of Teen Bedrooms in America$
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Jason Reid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226409214

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226409351.001.0001

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Give a Room a Little Personality—Yours!

Give a Room a Little Personality—Yours!

(p.67) Three Give a Room a Little Personality—Yours!
Get Out of My Room!

Jason Reid

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 focuses on middle-class decor experts and their contributions to teen bedroom culture between 1900 and 1945. Whereas decor experts during the 19th century tended to grant parents (particularly mothers) exclusive rights to decorate their child's bedroom, their counterparts during the early 20th century often supported a more child-oriented approach that emphasized self-expression, individualism, and autonomy. To back up these claims, many experts cited theories on child development, oftentimes arguing that decorating one's room was a necessary part of the maturation process. By the end of the Second World War, it was understood that teens ought to be given carte blanche to decorate their rooms as they see fit.

Keywords:   room decor, child-centered strategies, parent-centered strategies, self-expression, identity formation, pin-ups, consumption, child development theory, Emily Post, Ladies' Home Journal

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