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Bronner, Simon J.

Works: 84 works in 222 publications in 1 language and 17,138 library holdings
Genres: History  Anecdotes  Folklore  Encyclopedias  Case studies  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Thesis advisor, Composer
Classifications: GR105, 398.0973
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Most widely held works by Simon J Bronner
Following tradition folklore in the discourse of American culture by Simon J Bronner ( )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Following Tradition is an expansive examination of the history of tradition & mdash;"one of the most common as well as most contested terms in English language usage" & mdash;in Americans' thinking and discourse about culture. Tradition in use becomes problematic because of "its multiple meanings and its conceptual softness." As a term and a concept, it has been important in the development of all scholarly fields that study American culture. Folklore, history, American studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and others assign different value and meaning to tradition
Killing tradition inside hunting and animal rights controversies by Simon J Bronner ( )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Is hunting a bygone activity, out of touch with modern life; or is it valuable as an escape from it? Does hunting promote violence, not just to animals, but to humans as well? Is hunting, with its connection to the land and frontier experience, a heritage worth preserving? These questions form the foundations for discussion in Killing Tradition: Inside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies. Simon J. Bronner sorts through the issues and goes behind the headlines to examine the basis of this hotly-charged subject. Using case studies as evidence, Bronner looks at a topic at the center of modern
Explaining traditions folk behavior in modern culture by Simon J Bronner ( )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Why do humans hold onto traditions? Many pundits predicted that modernization and the rise of a mass culture would displace traditions, especially in America, but cultural practices still bear out the importance of rituals and customs in the development of identity, heritage, and community. In Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture, Simon J. Bronner discusses the underlying reasons for the continuing significance of traditions, delving into their social and psychological roles in everyday life, from old-time crafts to folk creativity on the Internet. Challenging prevailing notions of tradition as a relic of the past, Explaining Traditions provides deep insight into the nuances and purposes of living traditions in relation to modernity. Bronner's work forces readers to examine their own traditions and imparts a better understanding of raging controversies over the sustainability of traditions in the modern world"--Provided by publisher
Lafcadio Hearn's America ethnographic sketches and editorials by Lafcadio Hearn ( )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The meaning of folklore the analytical essays of Alan Dundes by Alan Dundes ( )
10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the words of one prominent scholar, Alan Dundes's "essays virutally created the meaning of folklore as an American academic discipline." This selection of those essays surveys his major ideas and emphases. Simon Bronner frames them with a thorough discussion and analysis of Dundes's career, interpretations, and contributions to folklore studies."--Jacket
Crossing the line violence, play, and drama in naval equator traditions by Simon J Bronner ( )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lively analyses on the changing meanings of elaborate ceremonies when crossing the equator
American children's folklore ( Book )
5 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On cover: A book of rhymes, games, jokes, stories, secret languages, beliefs and camp legends for parents. . .(etc.)
Encyclopedia of American folklife ( Book )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers approximately 270 essays on topics in American folklife as diverse as chain letters, the Internet, Little Havana, fans of heavy metal music, Wiccans, and zydeco
Campus traditions folklore from the old-time college to the modern mega-university by Simon J Bronner ( )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Simon J. Bronner takes a long, engaging look at American campus life and how it is shaped by students and at the same time shapes the values of all who pass through it. The archetypes of absent-minded profs, fumbling jocks, and curve-setting dweebs are the stuff of legend and humor, along with the all-nighters, tailgating parties, and initiations that mark campus tradition--and student identities. Undergraduates in their hallowed halls embrace distinctive traditions because the experience of higher education precariously spans childhood and adulthood, parental and societal authority, home and corporation, play and work. Bronner traces historical changes in these traditions. The predominant context has shifted from what he calls the "old-time college," small in size and strong in its sense of community, to mass society's "mega-university," a behemoth that extends beyond any campus to multiple branches and offshoots throughout a state, region, and sometimes the globe. Student needs for social belonging in large universities and a fear of losing personal control have given rise to distinctive forms of lore and a striving for retaining the pastoral "campus feel" of the old-time college. The folkloric material students spout, and sprout, in response to these needs is varied but it is tied together by its invocation of tradition and social purpose. Beneath the veil of play, students work through tough issues of their age and environment. They use their lore to suggest ramifications, if not resolution, of these issues for themselves and for their institutions. In the process, campus traditions are keys to the development of American culture
Grasping things : folk material culture and mass society in America by Simon J Bronner ( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Piled higher and deeper : the folklore of campus life by Simon J Bronner ( Book )
3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes college customs, beliefs, jargon, traditions, legends, jokes, pranks, and games
Folk nation : folklore in the creation of American tradition by Simon J Bronner ( Book )
6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This lively reader traces the search for American tradition and national identity through folklore and folklife from the 19th century to the present. Through an engaging set of essays, Folk Nation shows how American thinkers and leaders have used folklore-ranging from Paul Bunyan and Davey Crockett to quilts, cowboys, and immigrants-to express the meaning and mystique of their country. Simon Bronner has carefully selected statements by public intellectuals and popular writers as well as by scholars, all chosen for their readability and significance as provocative texts during their time. The c
Manly traditions : the folk roots of American masculinities ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American material culture and folklife : a prologue and dialogue ( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American folklore studies : an intellectual history by Simon J Bronner ( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Plain women : gender and ritual in the Old Order River Brethren by Margaret C Reynolds ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Despite the great interest in "plain" groups in recent years, comparatively little has been written about women and the particular role they play in preserving traditional religious and cultural values in the modern world. In Plain Women, Margaret C. Reynolds portrays the women of the Old Order River Brethren, a significant branch of the Brethren in Christ located mainly in Pennsylvania." "The members of this conservative offshoot of the Brethren are often confused with the Amish because of their plain attire, but unlike Amish, they have made some notable concessions to the modern world - including the use of automobiles, computers, and home appliances. Noting these accommodations to modern American life, Reynolds examines the ceremonies and traditions that allow the Old Order River Brethren to remain "separate" from other plain groups and from contemporary mass culture. She describes, for example, the love feast communion, a service that involves footwashing and a breadmaking ritual (one unique to the Old Order River Brethren and solely performed by women). Reynolds focuses in particular on the gendered customs of dress, hair, and domesticity that shape women's lives and, in so doing, preserve the minority faith itself."--BOOK JACKET
Consuming visions : accumulation and display of goods in America, 1880-1920 ( Book )
6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Creativity and tradition in folklore : new directions ( Book )
11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Folk art and art worlds : essays drawn from the Washington Meeting on Folk Art by John Michael Vlach ( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Folklife studies from the gilded age : object, rite, and custom in Victorian America ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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