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Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America Simon J. Bronner

Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America

Simon J. Bronner

Published December 14th 2004
ISBN : 9780813191423
Paperback
272 pages
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America stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the back to the city housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles forMoreAmerica stocks its shelves with mass-produced goods but fills its imagination with handmade folk objects. In Pennsylvania, the back to the city housing movement causes a conflict of cultures. In Indiana, an old tradition of butchering turtles for church picnics evokes both pride and loathing among residents. In New York, folk-art exhibits raise choruses of adoration and protest. These are a few of the examples Simon Bronner uses to illustrate the ways Americans physically and mentally grasp things. Bronner moves beyond the usual discussions of form and variety in Americas folk material culture to explain historical influences on, and the social consequences of, channeling folk culture into a mass society.