Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1971 - Art - 316 pages

What is folk culture? What distinguishes true folk creations from the cultural hybrids of commerce and popular innovation? To clarify this muddled situation and to provide clear standards and visual examples for the study and appreciation of a broad range of objects, Henry Glassie has written this detailed examination of material folk culture in the United States. He isolates American material culture—that segment of our culture that embodies the people's plans, methods, and reasons for producing things that can be seen and touched—and discusses methods for determining whether an object is truly folk—as opposed, say, to merely popular—by examining its form, construction, and use.

The book represents the first attempt to compare different kinds of material folk culture, including architecture, tools, and cookery, to detect common patterns and, in doing so, challenges conventional views of both folk culture and American culture.

 

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Contents

APOLOGY AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
17
REGIONAL PATTERNS
33
PATTERNS WITHIN REGIONS
158
CAUSES OF REGIONAL PATTERNS
184
NONREGIONAL PATTERNS 20 i
201
Urban Folk Culture
216
CONCLUSIONS
239
INDEX 317
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About the author (1971)

Henry Glassie is College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He is the author of Art and Life in Bangladesh, The Spirit of Folk Art, All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming, and Irish Folk History: Tales from the North, which is also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.