Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America

Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America

by Simon J. Bronner
     
 
In Pennsylvania, the "back to the city" movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise choruses of adoration and protest. America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk

Overview

In Pennsylvania, the "back to the city" movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise choruses of adoration and protest. America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. These are a few of the examples Simon Bronner uses to illustrate the ways Americans physically and mentally grasp things. Bronner moves beyond the usual discussions of form and variety in America's folk material culture to explain historical influences on, and the social consequences of, channeling folk culture into a mass society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813108124
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Pages:
272

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