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In Usable Pasts, fourteen authors examine the manipulation of traditional expressions among a variety of groups from the United States and Canada: the development of a pictorial style by Navajo weavers in response to traders, Mexican American responses to the appropriation of traditional foods by Anglos, the expressive forms of communication that engender and sustain a sense of community in an African American women's social club and among elderly Yiddish folksingers in Miami Beach, the incorporation of mass media images into the "C&Ts" (customs and traditions) of a Boy Scout troop, the changing meaning of their defining Exodus-like migration to Mormons, Newfoundlanders' appropriation through the rum-drinking ritual called the Schreech-In of outsiders' stereotypes, outsiders' imposition of the once-despised lobster as the emblem of Maine, the contest over Texas's heroic Alamo legend and its departures from historical fact, and how yellow ribbons were transformed from an image in a pop song to a national symbol of "resolve."

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction. Making Ourselves Up: On the Manipulation of Tradition in Small Groups
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Marking the “Tribal”
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 1. Through Navajo Eyes: Pictorial Weavings from Spider Woman’s Loom
  2. pp. 24-49
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  1. 2. Appropriation and Counterhegemony in South Texas: Food Slurs, Offal Meats, and Blood
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. 3. Dyngus Day in Polish American Communities
  2. pp. 68-97
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  1. 4. “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me”: African American Women as Speech Community
  2. pp. 96-119
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  1. 5. The “Giving” of Yiddish Folksongs as a Cultural Resource
  2. pp. 120-136
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  1. Part II: Intentional Identities
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. 6. Newell’s Paradox Redux
  2. pp. 140-155
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  1. 7. Historical Narrative in the Martial Arts: A Case Study
  2. pp. 156-174
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  1. 8. Pioneers and Recapitulation in Mormon Popular Historical Expression
  2. pp. 175-212
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  1. Part III: The Spirit of Place
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. 9. “Up Here,We Never See the Sun”: Homeplace and Crime in Urban Appalachian Narratives
  2. pp. 215-231
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  1. 10. Booze, Ritual, and the Invention of Tradition: The Phenomenon of the Newfoundland Screech-In
  2. pp. 232-248
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  1. 11. Shell Games in Vacationland: Homarus Americanus and the State of Maine
  2. pp. 249-273
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  1. 12. How Texans Remember the Alamo
  2. pp. 274-290
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  1. Part IV: National Perspectives
  2. pp. 290-291
  1. 13. “Kamell Dung”: A Challenge to Canada’s National Icon
  2. pp. 293-310
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  1. 14. Closing the Circle: Yellow Ribbons and the Redemption of the Past
  2. pp. 311-331
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 232-335
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874213348
Related ISBN(s)
9780874212259, 9780874212266
MARC Record
OCLC
42330233
Pages
345
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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