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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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Rooms to a Teen’s Tastes

Rooms to a Teen’s Tastes

(p.109) Five Rooms to a Teen’s Tastes
Get Out of My Room!

Jason Reid

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 looks at the changes to teen room decor that emerged after the Second World War. Several trends are emphasized, including the growing spending power of teenagers, the means by which business interests courted the teen demographic, and the proliferation of various bedroom-oriented consumer items (e.g. furnishings, posters, and knick-knacks). Decor experts continued to act as mediators between teens and the business community during this era, but their continued emphasis on child-centered design strategies undermined their authority in a far reaching manner. Indeed, by the 1960s and 1970s, the curated strategies that had dominated during the 19th- and early 20th centuries had been replaced with a strong do-it-yourself ethic that emphasized found items and a rather chaotic brand of self-expression.

Keywords:   DIY ethos, pin-ups, posters, collage, teen consumer, child-centered strategies, bedroom-oriented furnishings, found items, Farrah Fawcett, Seventeen

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