Clambake: A History and Celebration of an American Tradition

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1992 - History - 227 pages
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An appreciative examination of the New England clambake, Neustadt divides her study into three parts: historical (social, economic, political, regional, and cultural) influences on the clambake; a close focus on the Allen's Neck clambake as a cultural phenomena in its own right; and a critical examination of the central elements of the clambaking tradition--food, ritual, and festival.

The author views the clambake as a unique American folk tradition with interesting connections and rich resonances with other aspects of American culture and history.

 

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The annual clambake, celebrated for over 100 years by the community of Allen's Neck in southeastern Massachusetts, is the focus of this ethnographic study. Neustadt, who has a doctorate in folklore ... Read full review

Contents

Early Evidence
17
The Politics of Feasting
29
Leisure and Industry
49
THE ALLENS NECK BAKE AN ETHNOGRAPHY
71
A Portrait of Allens Neck
73
One Hundred Years of Clambaking
89
How They Do It at Allens Neck
103
CLAMBAKES AND MEANING
133
Food Ritual and Festivity
137
Concluding Thoughts Clam Juice and Melted Butter
161
Notes
189
References
209
Index
221
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Kathy Neustadt is an independent historian.

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