Symbolizing America


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Symbolizing America

Herve Varenne (Editor)



ISBN: 9780803296039


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A collection of essays that shows how anthropological theories and techniques can be applied to the culture of contemporary middle-class Americans. It analyzes such aspects of American culture as advertising, mass-audience movies, patriotic and ethnic parades, college parties, greetings, and the dilemmas of adolescent sexuality.

Chapters include "Creating America," "Doing the Anthropology of America," and "'Drop in Anytime': Community and Authenticity in American Everyday Life" by the editor, Herve Varenne, Teachers College, Columbia University; "Freedom to Choose: Symbols and Values in American Advertising" by William O. Beeman, Brown University; "The story of [James] Bond" by Lee Drummond, McGill University; "The Melting Pot: Symbolic Ritual or Total Social Fact?" by Milton Singer, University of Chicago; "The Los Angeles Jews 'Walk for Solidarity': Parade, Festival, Pilgrimage" by Barbara Myerhoff and Stephen Mongulla, University of Southern California; "History, Faith, and Avoidance" by Carol Greenhouse, Cornell University; "The Discourse of the Dorm: Race, Friendship, and 'Culture' among College Youth" by Michael Moffatt, Rutgers University; "Why a 'Slut' is a 'Slut': Cautionary Tales of American Middle-Class Teenage Girls' Morality" by Joyce Canaan, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies; and an epilogue, "on the Anthropology of America," by John Caughey, University of Maryland.


ISBN 803296037
ISBN13 9780803296039
Publisher University of Nebraska Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/06/1986
Pages 290
Weight (grammes) 500
Published in United States
Height (mm) 220
Width (mm) 140