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Logan, Utah, U.S.A. 1992 Soft cover 2nd Edition New Book. 6" x 9" New soft cover, second edition (originally published in 1985 by UMI Research Press). "Artifacts can be a ... symbolic key unlocking problems of human thought and action, especially when attention is given to the cultural and psychological roots of folk tradition. The task at hand in this volume is to match pressing questions to appropriate methods and theories, and this is accomplished by presenting various scholarly perspectives on folk artifacts. A new Preface by Simon J. Bronner offers a wealth of bibliographic information on critical works in American Material Culture that have appeared since this volume was first published." Read more Show Less

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Preface
Pt. I The study of Material Culture and Folklife
1 The Idea of the Folk Artifact 3
Pt. II Prologue to Analysis and Presentation
2 Artifact and Culture, Architecture and Society 47
3 The Concept of Community and Folklife Study 63
4 Toward a Methodology for the Ethnographic Study of Material Culture 77
Pt. III Dialogues on Analytic Approaches
5 Musical Instruments, Tools, and the Experience of Control
Comments 113
6 "My Mother Had One of Those": The Experience of the Pie Safe 119
Comments 129
7 Investigating the Tree-Stump Tombstone in Indiana 135
Comments 145
8 Time and Performance: Folk Houses in Delaware 155
Comments 177
Pt. IV Dialogues on Folklife and the Museum/Historical Agency
9 Folk Artisans Under Glass: Practical and Ethical Considerations for the Museum 193
Comments 201
10 A Case for Folklife and the Local Historical Society 205
Comments 215
11 Researching Material Folk Culture in the Modern American City 221
Comments 237
Pt. V Epilogue
Conclusion 247
Contributors 249
Index 253
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