Baseball, Barns, and Bluegrass: A Geography of American Folklife

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This text reader brings together the work of notable cultural geographers and folklife scholars to provide a clear and engaging overview of American folklife. Defining folklife as the traditional shared culture of familial, ethnic, occupational, religious, and regional groups, this anthology strikes a balance between material and nonmaterial culture. Carney has chosen essays that explore intangibles such as religion, music, and sports as well as physical traits such as food and architecture in a way that brings traditional culture to life.
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Editorial Reviews

The Geographical Review
Because it draws together a number of authoritative works, Baseball, Barns, and Bluegrass is an ideal introductory-class reading packet. In its variety, structure, and interest, this is a good book. Not diminishing its scholarly purpose, it is also entertaining.
The Roanoke Times
This is getting right down to the nitty-gritty. . . . read and enjoy this book.
— Marshall Fishwick, author of Popular Culture: From Cavespace to Cyberspace
Journal of American Folklore
Carney's personal experiences and reflections gave me far more confidence in his ability to describe a folk activity than I have in many of the scholarly, jargon-laden objective accounts now in some literature.
Missouri Folklore Society Journal
Carney has gathered together interesting articles that are informative and that briefly examine a wide range of topics.
Terry Jordan
A fine collection of works on folk geography, combining both classics and newer works by young scholars. Compiled and edited by George Carney, one of the most imaginative and productive scholars in the field, this reader will interest almost everyone who teaches cultural geography.
The Roanoke Times - Marshall Fishwick
This is getting right down to the nitty-gritty. . . . read and enjoy this book.
Bill Ferris
A fascinating study that clearly shows how America's geography and folklife traditions are intimately wedded. Through the worlds of folk architecture, food, drink, music, sports, and games, George Carney focuses our eye on the geography of American folklife, and we are all the richer for it.
Booknews
Comprises 19 contributions on folkways throughout the US. Coverage include folk architecture, food and drink, music, sports, religion and cemeteries, and medicine. Individual paper topics include Mormon central-hall houses in the American West, sod construction on the great plains, food habits in the Antebellum South, the Cajun accordion, cow pasture baseball, the Amish and their land, and plants in the folk medicine of the Texas-Mexico borderlands. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847686001
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

George O. Carney is Regents Professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Geography of American Folklife Part 2 Folk Architecture Chapter 3 The Appalachian Log Cabin Chapter 4 Hispano Gristmills in New Mexico Chapter 5 The New England Connecting Barn Chapter 6 Mormon Central-Hall Houses in the American West Chapter 7 The Mountain Horse Barn: A Case of Western Innovation Chapter 8 Sod Construction on the Great Plains Part 9 Folk Food and Drink Chapter 10 Hog Meat and Cornpone: Food Habits in the Ante-bellum South Chapter 11 Geophagy in a Mississippi County Chapter 12 "Mountain Moonshining" in East Tennessee Part 13 Folk Music Chapter 14 The Cajun Accordion Chapter 15 Western North Carolina: Culture Hearth of Bluegrass Music Part 16 Folk Sports and Games Chapter 17 American Fox Hunting: Landscape Ensemble and Gratification Chapter 18 Cockfighting in the Piney Woods: Gameness in the New South Chapter 19 Cow Pasture Baseball: Images of a Folk Sport Place Part 20 Folk Religion and Cemeteries Chapter 21 The Amish and Their Land Chapter 22 The Traditional Upland South Cemetery Chapter 23 Modern Navajo Cemeteries Part 24 Folk Medicine Chapter 25 Plants in the Folk Medicine of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands Chapter 26 Root Digging in the Appalachians: The Geography of Botanical Drugs Chapter 27 Selected Bibiliography Chapter 28 Index
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