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Explaining Traditions
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Why do humans hold onto traditions? Many pundits predicted that modernization and the rise of a mass culture would displace traditions, especially in America, but cultural practices still bear out the importance of rituals and customs in the development of identity, heritage, and community. In Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture, Simon J. Bronner discusses the underlying reasons for the continuing significance of traditions, delving into their social and psychological roles in everyday life, from old-time crafts to folk creativity on the Internet. Challenging prevailing notions of tradition as a relic of the past, Explaining Traditions provides deep insight into the nuances and purposes of living traditions in relation to modernity. Bronner’s work forces readers to examine their own traditions and imparts a better understanding of raging controversies over the sustainability of traditions in the modern world.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Prologue: Beginning with Tradition
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Defining Tradition: On the Making and Politics of a "Handy" Concept
  2. pp. 13-62
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  1. 2. Explaining Tradition: On Folk and Folkoristic Logic
  2. pp. 63-92
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  1. 3. Building Tradition: On Control and Authority in Vernacular Architecture
  2. pp. 93-137
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  1. 4. Making Tradition: On Craft in American Consciousness
  2. pp. 138-195
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  1. 5. Adapting Tradition: On Folklore in Human Development
  2. pp. 196-247
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  1. 6. Fading Tradition: On a Dying Language and Lore
  2. pp. 248-281
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  1. 7. Personalizing Tradition: On Storytelling by an African American Father and Son
  2. pp. 282-318
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  1. 8. Symbolizing Tradition: On the Scatology of an Ethnic Identity
  2. pp. 319-349
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  1. 9. Sporting Tradition: On the Praxis of American Football
  2. pp. 350-397
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  1. 10. Virtual Tradition: On the Internet as a Folk System
  2. pp. 398-449
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 451-458
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  1. References
  2. pp. 459-508
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 509-530
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