The Cultures of Celebrations

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Ray Broadus Browne, Michael T. Marsden
Popular Press, 1994 - Social Science - 244 pages
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Popular entertainments, like all other aspects of popular culture, are windows into the attitudes and values of the people who participate in them. They both reflect and affect society as they celebrate an aspect of life. Such celebrations are a text which provide the four births necessary for our full development - the anthropological concept of being "thrice born" (first into our culture, then into another culture we study, then back into our culture with new insights about both cultures) and finally a fourth birth into freedom from the grip of the two - and other - societies. The 15 essays in this collection, contributed by some of the world's leading scholars, demonstrate various aspects of celebrations of cultures and the importance they have in those cultures. They are especially significant because they are international and comparative, contemporary and historical. In sum, they present a fascinating and significant picture and summing up of many chapters of the world at play and celebration.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Stonehenge
41
Popular Culture and the Visual Messages
75
The Columbian Celebrations of 1792
111
The Menace of the Wild West Shows
145
Summer and Winter Festivals in Thompson Manitoba
157
Contributors
243
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Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

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