Warrior Ways: Explorations in Modern Military Folklore

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University Press of Colorado, Oct 1, 2012 - Social Science - 300 pages

Warrior Ways is one of the first book-length explorations of military folklife, and focuses on the lore produced by modern American warriors, illuminating the ways in which members of the armed services creatively express the complex experience of military life. In short, lively essays, contributors to the volume, all of whom have close personal or professional relationships to the military, examine battlefield talismans, personal narrative (storytelling), “Jody calls” (marching and running cadences), slang, homophobia and transgressive humor, music, and photography, among other cultural expressions.

Military folklore does not remain in an isolated subculture; it reveals our common humanity by delighting, disturbing, infuriating, and inspiring both those deeply invested in and those peripherally touched by military life. Highlighting the contemporary and historical importance of the military in American life, Warrior Ways will be of interest to scholars and students of folklore, anthropology, and popular culture; those involved in veteran services and education; and general readers interested in military culture.
 

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
The Things They Bring to
Camel Spider Stories among US Troops in the Middle East
Reflections on American Soldiers Responses to Afghan
Where Is Jody Now? Reconsidering Military Marching Chants
The Case for Diglossia in the Military
Informal Language of the Navy and Coast Guard
Brutal Embrace of Queerness in Military Practice
Military Spouses Worldview as a Coping Mechanism
The Military Identification of Young Antiwar Veterans
Colonel Bogeys March through Folk and Popular Culture
Soldier Snaps
Cultural Poaching on Ballad of the Green Berets
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