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Southern heritage on display : public ritual and ethnic diversity within southern regionalism /
edited by Celeste Ray.
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Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2003.
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viii, 301 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0817312277 (alk. paper)
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Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2003.
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0817312277 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4784433
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
A collection of articles articulating a stunningly intelligent comprehension of southern culture, this book models what true cultural studies should do: understand a culture according to how its people express it. Ray (anthropology, Univ. of the South) clearly explicates a wonderfully thorough historical and theoretical background to both cultural and southern studies. As editor, she frames the article selection to reflect event-centered ethnographies of a South that has continuously syncretized the traditions of new and diverse groups. Like any region, the South in any one moment is a different South the next. Using Appadurai's notion of cultural "gatekeeping" to dismiss stereotypes of the South as culturally static, and Barth's insights that regional boundaries are stable while their contents and expressions are dynamic, Ray dismantles southern stereotypes that intellectually stultify any true comprehension of the region. Covering a wide range of ethnic groups, the interdisciplinary articles are uniformly fascinating and discerning, always a difficult task when dealing with inherent cultural contradictions in a multicultural society. As well as its superlative content, the book also features excellent chapter bibliographies, explanatory footnotes, and a useful theoretical and regional glossary. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All academic collections. J. B. Wolford Missouri Historical Society
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This collection of essays draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in an attempt to shed light onthe role that public ceremonies play in affirming or debunking cultural identities associated with the South.
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A PROVOCATIVE COLLECTION THAT DRAWS ON EXTENSIVE ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK TO SHED LIGHT ON THE ROLE THAT PUBLIC CEREMONIES PLAY IN AFFIRMING OR DEBUNKING CULTURAL IDENTITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOUTH.
Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
"Keeping Jazz Funerals Alive": Blackness and the Politics of Memory in New Orleansp. 38
The Mardi Gras Indian Song Cycle: A Heroic Traditionp. 57
"There's a Dance Every Weekend": Powwow Culture in Southeast North Carolinap. 79
Melungeons and the Politics of Heritagep. 106
Kin-Religious Gatherings: Display for an "Inner Public"p. 130
Religious Healing in Southern Appalachian Communitiesp. 144
Viva Mexico!: Mexican Independence Day Festivals in Central Floridap. 167
Forget the Alamo: Fiesta and San Antonio's Public Memoryp. 194
"Where the Old South Still Lives": Displaying Heritage in Natchez, Mississippip. 218
"'Thigibh!' Means 'Y'all Come!'": Renegotiating Regional Memories through Scottish Heritage Celebrationp. 251
Glossaryp. 283
Contributorsp. 295
Indexp. 297
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