Callinicos, Constance. American aphrodite: becoming female in Greek America.
Ethnicity -- United States -- Popular works.
Ethnology -- United States -- Methodology.
Folklore -- United States -- Methodology.
Mass media and folklore -- United States.
This article focuses on the current proliferation of ethnographies written by nonprofessional ethnographers, a mode of cultural production I call "popular folklore." My task in this work is twofold. First, I discuss the function of professional folklore and anthropology as well as of the cultural commodification of ethnicities in the United States in reconfiguring the "common people" from objects of ethnography into legitimate ethnographic authors. Second, I discuss the value of a metaethnographic perspective on popular folklore for the discipline. I do so by undertaking a close analysis of the politics of a feminist popular ethnography of the "folkness" of Greek America. My reading makes a case for the productive cross-fertilization between the metaethnography of popular folklore and professional ethnography. The circulation of popular folklore, I suggest, opens a discursive space for a tactically interventionist folklore ethnography that engages in a critical dialogue with its nonprofessional counterparts. This proposed research agenda seeks to enlarge the universe of alternative meanings about the social constitution of selves or collectivities while raising acute questions about the ways to enhance the public resonance of critical folklore scholarship.
Shape-note singing -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Shape-note hymnals -- Southern States -- History.
Music -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
Music -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History.
Since its publication in 1844, the shape-note tunebook The Sacred Harp has primarily found use in the nonsectarian venue of the singing convention. Around the turn of the twentieth century, however, several promoters of Sacred Harp singing tried to identify the singing tradition more closely with impulses toward religious revival within Southern Protestantism. This identification was one of the factors that fueled a revival of interest in Sacred Harp singing itself during these years.
This article suggests how abstract ideas like "nation" are lived and situated by examining recurring features of American football as it is experienced by spectators in central Ohio. Football—an institutionalized drama formed by its inventors to address questions of national identity and social relations—is embedded within the generically complex event known as "game day" and is framed by ongoing social practices that stem from the sport's competitive structure. As a multifaceted event grounded in both historical contexts and live performances, this spectator sport provides an ideal case for highlighting connections among form, ideology, and identity. This article argues that as a celebratory complex, Ohio State University football enacts aspects of national identity (including tropes of competitive opportunity, mechanized teamwork, and homeland defense) in terms of shared experiences and expressions grounded in local affiliations. In particular, the much-anticipated and ritually structured performances of the OSU Marching Band guide fans in endorsing "America" and its attendant ideologies while simultaneously emphasizing local difference.