American Culture: Essays on the Familiar and Unfamiliar

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Leonard Plotnicov
University of Pittsburgh Pre, Nov 15, 1990 - Social Science - 314 pages
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American Culture comprises fifteen essays looking at the familiar and the less familiar in American society: urbanites in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, rural communities in the American West, Hispanics in Wisconsin, Samoans in California, the Amish, and the utopian religious communities of the Shakers and Oneida. The essays address a wide range of topics and a spectrum of occupations-miners, whalers, farmers, factory workers, physicians and nurses-to consider such questions as why some religious sects remain distinctive, separate, and viable; how groups use of such things as nicknames and family reunions to maintain ties within the community; how immigrant communities organize to sustain traditional cultural activities.

 

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Contents

Worlds of Order and Disorder
3
The Search for Roots
63
Strangers Who Settle Among Us
129
Seeing and Understanding
197
Pollution and Purity
255
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Leonard Plotnicov was professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the journal Ethnology.

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