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Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America (04 Edition)

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America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the back to the city housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise choruses of adoration and protest. These are a few of the examples Simon Bronner uses to illustrate the ways Americans physically and mentally grasp things. Bronner moves beyond the usual discussions of form and variety in America's folk material culture to explain historical influences on, and the social consequences of, channeling folk culture into a mass society.

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ISBN:
9780813191423
Author:
Bronner, Simon J.
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.61 in. .89 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the back to the city housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise choruses of adoration and protest. These are a few of the examples Simon Bronner uses to illustrate the ways Americans physically and mentally grasp things. Bronner moves beyond the usual discussions of form and variety in America's folk material culture to explain historical influences on, and the social consequences of, channeling folk culture into a mass society.
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