Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach

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Lexington Books, 2012 - Music - 187 pages
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"Unusually lively, astute, and persuasive."-Publishers Weekly. "There are two impulses after reading Kris Lackey's RoadFrames: The American Highway Narrative. One is to rush into a library. The other is to jump into a car. . . . The author manages to convey the deep appeal of endless asphalt while still debunking many of the myths of Americans' romance with the road."-Chronicle of Higher Education. "Lackey applies with relish a number of convincing ideas to a variety of novels and travel books. Beginning with America's first intercoastal highway narrative, From Ocean to Ocean in a Winton, and concluding with the postmodern rush of Stephen Wright's Going Native, he offers a sense of wide vistas. . . . This is a book designed to connect its readers to other books, while providing conclusive evidence that America's literature may indeed be as expansive as its map."-Times Literary Supplement. "Lackey seeks to debunk the romantic idea of rediscovering America through the highway and the automobile. Of particular poignancy is a chapter on how African American narratives have shown that the highway often holds no romance for them."-Library Journal. RoadFrames surveys America's fascination with highway travel. In a lively discussion of books written as early as 1903 and as recently as 1994, Kris Lackey reveals the crucial roles the highway and automobile travel have played through generations of American writing. Kris Lackey is a professor of English at the University of New Orleans.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Durkheim and Religion
23
Discipline
37
Cohesion
65
Revitalization
87
Euphoria
111
Conclusion
133
Durkheimian Studies
147
Bibliography
163
Index
179
About the Author
187
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Jonathan L. Friedmann is cantor of Bet Knesset Bamidbar and Congregation P'nai Tikvah, both in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also professor of Jewish music history at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California and the co-founder of two cutting-edge bands: Rabbinical School Dropouts and Elijah's Chair. Jonathan has published over 300 popular and peer-reviewed articles, and is the author or editor of ten books, including Quotations on Jewish Sacred Music (2011) and Emotions in Jewish Music (2012). His regular column on Jewish music can be read at The Daily Rabbi, an online magazine (www.thedailyrabbi.com).

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