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Cross, Gary S.

Works: 42 works in 220 publications in 3 languages and 14,125 library holdings
Genres: History  Guidebooks  Encyclopedias  Caricatures and cartoons  Cross-cultural studies  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor
Classifications: HC110.C6, 305.3109730904
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gary S Cross
An all-consuming century : why commercialism won in modern America by Gary S Cross( )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An All-Consuming Century is a rich history of how market goods came to dominate American life over that remarkable hundred years between 1900 and 2000 and why for the first time in history there are no practical limits to consumerism."--Jacket
Men to boys : the making of modern immaturity by Gary S Cross( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 2,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description -- Adam Sandler movies, HBO's Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character -- the modern boy-man. Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy-man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move. He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embrace the self-sacrificing demands of adulthood. When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Men have gone from idolizing Cary Grant to aping Hugh Grant, shunning marriage and responsibility well into their twenties and thirties. Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He finds that men of the "Greatest Generation" might have embraced their role as providers but were confused by the contradictions and expectations of modern fatherhood. Their uncertainty gave birth to the Beats and men who indulged in childhood hobbies and boyish sports. Rather than fashion a new manhood, baby-boomers held onto their youth and, when that was gone, embraced Viagra. Without mature role models to emulate or rebel against, Generation X turned to cynicism and sensual intensity, and the media fed on this longing, transforming a life stage into a highly desirable lifestyle. Arguing that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, Cross concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood
The cute and the cool : wondrous innocence and modern American children's culture by Gary S Cross( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We delight in prolonging and inflating the childhood experiences of our offspring. In images of the naughty but nice Buster Brown and the coquettish but sweet Shirley Temple, Americans at mid-century offered up a fantastic world of treats, toys, and stories, creating a new image of the child as "cute." Holidays such as Christmas and Halloween became blockbuster affairs, vehicles to fuel the bedazzled and wondrous innocence of the adorable child. All this, Gary Cross illustrates, reflected the preoccupations of a more gentle and affluent culture, but it also served to liberate adults from their rational and often tedious worlds of work and responsibility." "But trouble soon entered paradise. The "cute" turned into "cool" as children, following their parental example, embraced the gift of fantasy and unrestrained desire to rebel against the saccharine excesses of wondrous innocence in deliberate pursuit of the anti-cute. Movies, comic books, and video games beckoned to children with the allures of an often violent, sexualized, and increasingly harsh worldview. Unwitting and resistant accomplices to this commercial transformation of childhood, adults sought - over and over again, in repeated and predictable cycles - to rein in these threats in a largely futile jeremiad to preserve the old order. Thus, the cute child - deliberately manufactured and cultivated - has ironically fostered a profoundly troubled ambivalence toward youth and child rearing today." "Expertly weaving his way through the cultural artifacts, commercial currents, and patenting anxieties of the previous century, Gary Cross offers a vibrant and entirely fresh portrait of the forces that have defined American childhood."--Jacket
The playful crowd : pleasure places in the twentieth century by Gary S Cross( )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the first part of the twentieth century thousands of working class New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island in search of a release from their workaday lives and the values of bourgeois society. On the other side of the Atlantic, British workers headed off to the beach resort of Blackpool for entertainment and relaxation. However, by the middle of the century, a new type of park began to emerge, providing well-ordered, squeaky-clean, and carefully orchestrated corporate entertainment. Contrasting the experiences of Coney Island and Blackpool with those of Disneyland and Beamish, the authors explore playful crowds and the pursuit of pleasure in the twentieth century to offer a transatlantic perspective on changing ideas about leisure, class, and mass culture. Blackpool and Coney Island were the definitive playgrounds of the industrial working class. Teeming crowds partook of a gritty vulgarity that offered a variety of pleasures and thrills from roller coaster rides and freak shows to dance halls and dioramas of exotic locales. Responding to the new money and mobility of the working class, the purveyors of Coney Island and Blackpool offered the playful crowd an "industrial saturnalia." Here the authors capture the sights and sounds of Blackpool and Coney Island and consider how these "Sodoms by the sea" flouted the social and cultural status quo. The authors also examine the resorts' very different fates as Coney Island has now become a mere shadow of its former self while Blackpool continues to lure visitors and offer new attractions. The authors also explore the experiences offered at Disneyland and Beamish, a heritage park that celebrates Britain's industrial and social history. While both parks borrowed elements from their predecessors, they also adapted to the longings and concerns of postwar consumer culture. Appealing to middle-class families, Disney provided crowds a chance to indulge in child-like innocence and a nostalgia for a simpler time. At Beamish, crowds gathered to find an escape from the fragmented and hedonistic life of modern society in a reconstructed realm of the past where local traditions and nature prevail. -- From publisher's website
Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This set offers a fascinating look at how Americans spend their free time and entertain themselves. A total of 271 essays present chiefly historical perspectives in the fields of American and cultural studies, sociology, recreation, sports, and leisure studies. Entries cover all facets of American leisure with topics ranging from auctions and blood sports to shopping malls and theme parks. Articles range in length between two and six pages and include brief bibliographies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005
Packaged pleasures : how technology & marketing revolutionized desire by Gary S Cross( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Packaged Pleasures, Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor delve into an uncharted chpater of American history, shedding new light on the origins of modern consumer culture and how technologies have transformed human sensory experience"--Provided by publsher
Consumed nostalgia : memory in the age of fast capitalism by Gary S Cross( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. For many of us, modern memory is shaped less by a longing for the social customs and practices of the past or for family heirlooms handed down over generations and more by childhood encounters with ephemeral commercial goods and fleeting media moments in our age of fast capitalism. This phenomenon has given rise to communities of nostalgia whose members remain loyal to the toys, television, and music of their youth. They return to the theme parks and pastimes of their upbringing, hoping to reclaim that feeling of childhood wonder or teenage freedom. Consumed nostalgia took definite shape in the 1970s, spurred by an increase in the turnover of consumer goods, the commercialization of childhood, and the skillful marketing of nostalgia. Gary Cross immerses readers in this fascinating and often delightful history, unpacking the cultural dynamics that turn pop tunes into oldies and childhood toys into valuable commodities. He compares the limited appeal of heritage sites such as Colonial Williamsburg to the perpetually attractive power of a Disney theme park and reveals how consumed nostalgia shapes how we cope with accelerating change. Today nostalgia can be owned, collected, and easily accessed, making it less elusive and often more fun than in the past, but its commercialization has sometimes limited memory and complicated the positive goals of recollection. By unmasking the fascinating, idiosyncratic character of modern nostalgia, Cross helps us better understand the rituals of recall in an age of fast capitalism.--Publisher website
Kids' stuff : toys and the changing world of American childhood by Gary S Cross( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To sort out who's who and what's what in the enchanting, vexing world of Barbies and Ninja Turtles, Tinkertoys and teddy bears, is to begin to see what's become of childhood in America. It is this changing world, and what it unveils about our values, that Gary Cross explores in Kids' Stuff, a revealing look into the meaning of American toys through this century. What does the endless array of action figures and fashion dolls mean? Are children - or parents - the dupes of the film, television, and toy industries, with their latest fads and irresistible fantasies? What does this say about our time, and what does it bode for our future? Tapping a vein of rich cultural history, Kids' Stuff exposes the serious business behind a century of playthings
Technology and American society : a history by Gary S Cross( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organized around major technological transformations and their social effects rather than conventional themes, this comprehensive volume links the history of American invention and technology to social, economic, cultural, and military change in the country.--Adapted from publisher description
A social history of leisure since 1600 by Gary S Cross( Book )

8 editions published between 1900 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historisk gennemgang af fritidens anvendelse i England og Amerika
Time and money : the making of consumer culture by Gary S Cross( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A quest for time : the reduction of work in Britain and France, 1840-1940 by Gary S Cross( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Worktime and industrialization : an international history( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immigrant workers in industrial France : the making of a new laboring class by Gary S Cross( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and French and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Machines of youth : America's car obsession by Gary S Cross( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For American teenagers, getting a driver's license has long been a watershed moment, separating teens from their childish pasts as they accelerate toward the sweet, sweet freedom of their futures. With driver's license in hand, teens are on the road to buying and driving(and maybe even crashing) their first car, a machine which is home to many a teenage ritual-being picked up for a first date, "parking" at a scenic overlook, or blasting the radio with a gaggle of friends in tow. So important is this car ride into adulthood that automobile culture has become a stand-in, a shortcut to what millions of Americans remember about their coming of age. Machines of Youth traces the rise, and more recently the fall, of car culture among American teens. In this book, Gary S. Cross details how an automobile obsession drove teen peer culture from the 1920s to the 1980s, seducing budding adults with privacy, freedom, mobility, and spontaneity. Cross shows how the automobile redefined relationships between parents and teenage children, becoming a rite of passage, producing new courtship rituals, and fueling the growth of numerous car subcultures. Yet for teenagers today the lure of the automobile as a transition to adulthood is in decline.Tinkerers are now sidelined by the advent of digital engine technology and premolded body construction, while the attention of teenagers has been captured by iPhones, video games, and other digital technology. And adults have become less tolerant of teens on the road, restricting both cruising and access to drivers' licenses
Le corps en action( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in French and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un livre de science qui explore le corps humain. Il repond aux questions comme: comment la nourriture te maintient-elle en bonne sante? Comment la nourriture est-elle digeree? Que se passe-t-il quand tu respires? Comment ton cerveau controle-t-il ton corps? A science book which explores the human body. It answers questions like: how does food maintain health? How is food digested? What happens when you breathe? How does your brain control your body?
Time and money : the making of consumer modernity by Gary S Cross( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The structure of labor immigration into France between the wars by Gary S Cross( Book )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southwest USA & Las Vegas by Randa Bishop( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents area-by-area information for travelers to the American Southwest and Las Vegas, including details on the region's history, landscapes, sites to see, lodgings, and restaurants, and provides color photos, maps, and cutaways throughout
Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America by Gary S Cross( )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The cute and the cool : wondrous innocence and modern American children's culture
Men to boys : the making of modern immaturityThe cute and the cool : wondrous innocence and modern American children's cultureThe playful crowd : pleasure places in the twentieth centuryEncyclopedia of recreation and leisure in AmericaKids' stuff : toys and the changing world of American childhoodTechnology and American society : a historyA social history of leisure since 1600Southwest USA & Las VegasEncyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America
Alternative Names
Cross, Gary.

Cross, Gary 1946-

Cross, Gary S.

Cross, Gary Scott 1946-

Scott Cross, Gary 1946-

English (175)

French (6)

Italian (4)