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American Folklife (All periods)

Communities, Cultures, and Identity Groups

Edited by Simon J. Bronner

Includes: Topic Finder, A-Z entries, illustrations, master bibliography

Awards: 

Editors’ Choice, Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

Reviews:

“This set is the most comprehensive reference source on this topic and its many subfields. No other title compares to its reach. Essential. All levels.” Choice

“Each entry is thorough in coverage and concludes with a list of sources and cross references. ... [T]his reference work is distinct in offering the most comprehensive coverage of these subjects. Suitable for public and academic libraries.” Library Journal

“Reference collections in academic and large public libraries will benefit from the addition of the Encyclopedia of American Folklife. ... Highly recommended.” Booklist starred review

“With accessible essays, suggestions for further research, and separate geographical, cultural group and subject indexes, this guide will serve students from high school through college.” Gale Reference Reviews

“The entries are well written and objective.... Each article has good cross-referencing and a bibliography.... This encyclopedia captures much of what is unique, diverse, and occasionally quirky about American culture. It provides a wealth of information that is not easily found in other sources.” School Library Journal

Description: American folklife is steeped in world cultures or invented as new culture, always evolving, yet often practiced as it was created many years or even centuries ago. This fascinating encyclopedia explores the rich and varied cultural traditions of folklife in America—from barn raisings and the Internet to tattoos and Zydeco—and expressions that include ritual, custom, crafts, architecture, food, clothing, and art.

Featuring more than 350 A-Z entries, Encyclopedia of American Folklife is wide-ranging and broadly inclusive. Entries cover major cities and urban centers; new and established immigrant groups as well as Native Americans; U.S. states and territories, including Guam and Samoa; social issues, such as education and intellectual property; and expressions of material culture, such as homes, dress, food, and crafts. The encyclopedia covers notable folklife areas as well as general regional categories. It addresses religious groups and the diversity within them, such as the Amish and Jews), diverse age groups (from children and youth gangs to retirees), and contemporary folk groups (skateboarders and psychobillies)—placing all of them in the vivid tapestry of American folklife. Beyond that, this rich resource also provides in-depth insights into the basic concepts and theories of folklife in entries such as “community and group” and “tradition and culture.” A list of sources with each article and a master bibliography provide a starting point for further research.

Contents:

Introduction

Adolescents

Aesthetics

African American Communities

Alaska

Allegheny Region

Altars

Amana

American Samoa

Amish, Nebraska

Amish, Old Order

Animals

Appalachia

Arab Communities

Archives and Libraries

Armenian Communities

Art Environments

Atlanta

Atlas

Automobiles

Baltimore

Banjo

Baptists, Old Regular

Barn Raising

Barns

Baskets and Basketry

Basque Communities

Belief

Bikers

Birth

Blue Ridge Region

Bluegrass Music

Blues

Body Modification and Tattooing

Bodybuilders and Weight Lifters

Bosnian Communities

Boston

Boy Scouts

Branding

Brooklyn

Buddhists

Bulgarian Communities

Cajun Communities

Cape Cod

Cape Verdean Communities

Carnival

Carolina, Down East

Carpatho-Rusyn Communities

Catholic Charismatics

Catholics

Chain Letters

Charleston and Lowcountry South Carolina

Chicago

Chicano and Mexican Communities

Childhood

Children’s Groups

Chinatowns

Chinese Communities

Christmas

Church of the Brethren

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Coastal Carolina Plain Region

Cockfighting

Communal Societies

Communication

Community and Group

Consumerism

Context

Courtship

Cowboys

Craft

Creoles, Louisiana

Croatian Communities

Croatians, Louisiana

Cuban Communities

Cults and Rumor-Panics, Satanic

Cultural Register

Czech Communities

Dance, Liturgical

Dance, Secular

Danish Communities

Deaf Communities

Death and Funerals

Delmarva and the Eastern Shore Region

Delta, Mississippi River

Denver

Des Moines

Detroit

Dialect

Dialect Stories

Dominican Communities

Drama

Dress and Costume

Easter

Eastern Orthodox Christians

Education

El Paso

Environment

Estonian Communities

Ethnic and Immigrant Folklife

Ethnography and Fieldwork

Family

Fans, Automobile Racing

Fans, Extreme Metal

Fans, Heavy Metal

Farmers

Feminism

Fetishes

Filipino Communities

Film and Video

Finnish Communities

Firefighters

Fishing Communities

Folk Art

Folk Festivals

Folk Music and Song

Folk Society

Folk Speech and Language

Folklife and Folk Culture

Folklife Organizations

Folklore

Folklorists

Foodways

Fourth of July and Juneteenth

Franco-American Communities

Fraternal Organizations

French Canadian Communities

Function and Functionalism

Gamblers and Gambling

Games, Drinking

Games and Toys

Gangs

Gangs, Youth

Gardens and Gardening

Gay Communities

Gay Fire Island

Gay San Francisco

Geography

German Communities

Germans, Great Plains

Gestures

Gospel Music

Goths

Gravemarkers

Great Plains Indians

Great Plains Region

Greek Communities

Grottoes

Guam

Gullah, or Geechee, Communities

Hair

Haitian Communities

Halloween

Hare Krishna

Harlem

Hasidim and Misnagidim (Haredim)

Hawaiians, Native

Healing, Faith

Healing and Medicine

Hillbillies

Hindus

Hip-Hop

History and Heritage

Hmong Communities

Holidays

Hospitals

Houses

Houston

Humor

Hungarian Communities

Hunting

Hutterites

Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Internet

Irish, Boston

Irish, Chicago

Irish Communities

Italian Communities

Italian Community, Detroit

Japanese Communities

Japantowns

Jewish Communities

Jews, Crypto- and Protestant Millennialism

Korean Communities

Ku Klux Klan

Landscape

Lao Communities

Las Vegas

Latvian Communities

Legends

Lithuanian Communities

Little Egypt

Little Havana

Little League Baseball and Youth Sports Organizations

Little Sweden

Loggers, Maine

Los Angeles

Love Feast

Lumbering

Lutherans

Macedonian Communities

Maine, Down East

MÄrchen

Mardi Gras

Martial Artists

Material Culture

Medicine, Folk

Memorial Day

Memphis

Men and Masculinity

Mennonites

Mennonites, Reformed

Mennonites, Wenger

Metal and Metalworkers

Methodists

Miami

Middle Atlantic Region

Midwest

Migrant Workers and Hoboes

Millennialists

Milwaukee

Miners, Anthracite

Miners, Bituminous

Minneapolis–St. Paul Metropolitan Area

Molokans

Montagnard-Dega Communities

Mormon Culture Region

Mormon Fundamentalists

Mormons

Museums and Exhibitions

Muslims

Names

Narrative, Personal

Nashville

Nationalism

Netherlands Dutch and Belgian Communities

New England

New Orleans

New Year

New York City

Northern Appalachian Region (Catskills and Adirondacks)

Northwest Coast

Norwegian Communities

Nuer Communities

Nurses

Occupational Folklife

Old German Baptist Brethren

Old Order River Brethren

Old-Age Communities

Old-Time Music

Oral and Folk History

Organization, Corporate and Work

Organizations, Voluntary and Special Interest

Outsider Art

Ozarks

Paper Arts

Parades

Pennsylvania Culture Region

Pennsylvania German Communities

Pentecostals

Performance Approach and Dramatic Arts

Philadelphia

Photography

Picnics

Pittsburgh

Place and Space

Polish Communities

Polka

Popular Culture

Portuguese-Speaking Communities

Potlatch

Pottery

Powwowing

Prisoners

Proverbs and Sayings

Psychobilly

Psychology

Public Folklife

Puerto Rican Communities

Punk

Quakers

Queens, Borough of

Quilting

Railroaders

Rangeley Lakes Region

Recreational Vehicle Communities

Region

Religion

Reunions

Riddles and Riddling

Rio Grande Border Region

Rituals and Rites

Rocky Mountain Cultural Region

Rugs and Rug Making

Russian Communities

Saddles and Saddle Making

Sailors

Saint Louis

San Diego

San Francisco Bay Area

Santa Fe

Scottish Communities

Senegalese Communities

September 11th

Serbian, Slovenian, and Montenegrin Communities

Shakers

Shenandoah Valley Region

Showers, Wedding and Baby

Shrines and Crosses, Roadside

Shrines and Memorials, Spontaneous and Vernacular

Sicilian Communities

Sikhs

Skateboarders

Skinheads

Slovak Communities

Snake-Handling Sects

Soldiers

South, The

South Asian Communities

Southeastern Indians

Southwest

Southwestern Indians

Spiritualists

Sports Teams

Steelworkers

Stone

Storytelling

Straight Edge

Students

Suburbs

Supernatural

Swedish Communities

Symbol and Structure

Taxi Drivers

Texas

Text

Thanksgiving

Tibetans

Toasts and Dozens

Tradition and Culture

Trial Lawyers

Truck Drivers (Long-Haul Truckers)

Tulsa

Twelve-Step Groups

Ukrainian Communities

Unions

Urban Folklife

Vietnamese Communities

Visual Culture

Voodoo and SanterÍa

Washington, D.C.

Weddings and Marriage

West African Communities

Wiccans

Wiregrass Region

Women

Wood

Wrestling, Professional

Zydeco

 

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