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Bronner, Simon J.

Works: 110 works in 325 publications in 1 language and 21,066 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Encyclopedias  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Essays  Anecdotes  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other, Composer
Classifications: GR105, 398.0973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Simon J Bronner
American children's folklore( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 804 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 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 to the Internet, tattoos, and Zydeco -- through 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 inclusive. Entries cover major cities and urban centers; new and established immigrant groups as well as native Americans; American territories, such as Guam and Samoa; major 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 (reflecting diversity within groups such as the Amish and the Jews), age groups (both old age and youth gangs), and contemporary folk groups (skateboarders and psychobillies) -- placing all of them in the vivid tapestry of folklife in America. In addition, this resource offers useful insights on folklife concepts through entries such as "community and group" and "tradition and culture." The set also features complete indexes in each volume, as well as a bibliography for further research."--Publisher's website
Grasping things : folk material culture and mass society in America by Simon J Bronner( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 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 America's folk material cu
Piled higher and deeper : the folklore of campus life by Simon J Bronner( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes college customs, beliefs, jargon, traditions, legends, jokes, pranks, and games
Manly traditions : the folk roots of American masculinities( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Folk nation : folklore in the creation of American tradition by Simon J Bronner( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 490 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
American folklore studies : an intellectual history by Simon J Bronner( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American material culture and folklife : a prologue and dialogue( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Killing tradition : inside hunting and animal rights controversies by Simon J Bronner( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through extensive research and fieldwork, Bronner takes on the many questions raised by this problematic subject: Does hunting promote violence toward humans as well as animals? Is it an outdated activity, unnecessary in modern times? Is the heritage of hunting worth preserving. Killing Tradition looks at three case studies that are at the heart of today's hunting debate."--Inside jacket
Consuming visions : accumulation and display of goods in America, 1880-1920( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the consumer way of life in America as it unfolded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It traces how Americans came to value the pursuit of status objects and to rely on accumulating goods to measure cultural identity
Folk art and art worlds : essays drawn from the Washington Meeting on Folk Art by Washington Meeting on Folk Art( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning of folklore : the analytical essays of Alan Dundes by Alan Dundes( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 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
Lafcadio Hearn's America : ethnographic sketches and editorials by Lafcadio Hearn( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 315 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 300 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."--Jacket
Explaining traditions : folk behavior in modern culture by Simon J Bronner( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do people hold onto traditions? Many pundits predicted that modernization and the proliferation of mass culture would eliminate traditions, particularly in America. But modern cultural practices constantly invoke tradition for 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 popularity of traditions, delving into their social and psychological roles in everyday life. Traditions have weathered criticism and survived social upheaval across the globe; they have outlived empires and counter-culture revolts, despots and revolutionaries, but their lasting power is the ability to connect people. Traditions create and sustain communities while also providing a sense of self that helps individuals navigate the modern. Explaining Traditions reveals how traditions connect the past and the present by honoring, engaging, and adapting practices as symbolic projections of anxieties, hopes, and aspirations. Explaining Traditions exposes the underlying logic of traditions in everyday life. For example, why does football have a special hold on Americans? Why are people captivated by do-it-yourself projects? Where do the scatological themes of German American storytelling come from? How do Holocaust survivors removed from the places of their birth relate the meaning of their disturbing experiences in Europe? Concerned that conventional approaches in a variety of academic disciplines stop short of using traditions to explain our ideas and actions, Bronner proposes a methodology to account for the psychology of anxieties about mass culture and to explain why people create, maintain, adapt, and discard customs. This timely work uncovers the symbols, deep-seated values, and political and psychological implications of traditions in modern culture and confronts the complex attitudes scholars hold toward traditions as an analytical concept. Challenging prevailing notions of tradition as a relic of the past, [this book] provides deep insight into the purposes of--and prejudices toward--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 and meaning of traditions in the modern world."--Jacket
Following tradition : folklore in the discourse of American culture by Simon J Bronner( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following Tradition is an expansive examination of the history of tradition
Creativity and tradition in folklore : new directions( Book )

12 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campus traditions : folklore from the old-time college to the modern mega-university by Simon J Bronner( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 206 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
The carver's art : crafting meaning from wood by Simon J Bronner( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chains carved from a single block of wood, cages whittled with wooden balls rattling inside -- all ""made with just a pocketknife""--Are among our most enduring folk designs. Who makes them and why? what is their history? what do they mean for their makers, for their viewers, for our society? Simon J. Bronner portrays four wood carvers in southern Indiana, men who had been transplanted from the rural landscapes of their youth to industrial towns. After retiring, they took up a skill they remembered from childhood. Bronner discusses how creativity helped these men adjust to change and how vie
Crossing the line : violence, play, and drama in naval equator traditions by Simon J Bronner( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries, new sailors from European and North American countries have embraced often brutal hazing in an elaborate ceremony at sea called 'crossing the line' (BritishAmerican) and 'Neptunusfeest' (Dutch). Typically enacted upon crossing the equator, the beatings, dunks, sexual play, mock baptisms, mythological dramas, crude shavings and haircuts, and drinking and swallowing displays have attracted a number of protests and even bans as well as staunch defenses and fond reminiscences. The custom has especially drawn criticism since the late twentieth century with the integration of women into the military and the questioning of its hierarchical codes of manliness. In this study, the persistent ceremony's changing meaning into the twentyfirst century is examined with considerations of development, structure, symbolism, performance, and function. A timely study revising previous assumptions about the custom's origins, diffusion, and functions
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Encyclopedia of American folklife
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Bronner, Simon

Simon J. Bronner American folklorist

Simon J. Bronner Amerikaans historicus

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English (163)

Encyclopedia of American folklifeGrasping things : folk material culture and mass society in AmericaPiled higher and deeper : the folklore of campus lifeManly traditions : the folk roots of American masculinitiesFolk nation : folklore in the creation of American traditionAmerican folklore studies : an intellectual historyKilling tradition : inside hunting and animal rights controversiesConsuming visions : accumulation and display of goods in America, 1880-1920