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Bronner, Simon J.

Works: 133 works in 404 publications in 1 language and 25,222 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Encyclopedias  Essays  Anecdotes  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other, Composer, Creator
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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( )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following Tradition is an expansive examination of the history of tradition - "one of the most common as well as most contested terms in English language usage"--In Americans' thinking and discourse about culture. References to tradition most frequently concern the informal yet basic customs, beliefs, practices, and myths known as folklore. Hence, much of Simon Bronner's study concerns the history of both folklore studies and the use and interpretation of folklore in public forums. His work is necessarily interdisciplinary. Major figures in the study of tradition, from the Brothers Grimm to Franz Boas to Richard Dorson, receive extensive discussion. An essential text for folklorists, Following Tradition will be a valuable reference as well for historians and anthropologists; students of American studies, popular culture, and cultural studies; and anyone interested in the continuing place of tradition in American culture
The meaning of folklore : the analytical essays of Alan Dundes by Alan Dundes( )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,742 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
Killing tradition : inside hunting and animal rights controversies by Simon J Bronner( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,643 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 Is it an outdated activity, unnecessary in modern times?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
Lafcadio Hearn's America : ethnographic sketches and editorials by Lafcadio Hearn( )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American essays of renowned writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) artistically chronicle the robust urban life of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Hearn is one of the few chroniclers of urban American life in the nineteenth century, and much of this material has not been widely available since the 1950s. Lafcadio Hearn's America collects Hearn's stories of vagabonds, river people, mystics, criminals, and some of the earliest accounts available of black and ethnic urban folklife in America. He was a frequently consulted expert on America during his years in Japan, and these editorials reflect on th
Grasping things : folk material culture and mass society in America by Simon J Bronner( )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 1,481 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
Crossing the line : violence, play, and drama in naval equator traditions by Simon J Bronner( )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,407 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' (British-American) 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 twenty-first 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
Explaining traditions : folk behavior in modern culture by Simon J Bronner( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,332 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
The carver's art : crafting meaning from wood by Simon J Bronner( )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 1,198 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
Campus traditions : folklore from the old-time college to the modern mega-university by Simon J Bronner( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,156 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
American children's folklore by Simon J Bronner( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On cover: A book of rhymes, games, jokes, stories, secret languages, beliefs and camp legends for parents. . .(etc.)
Pennsylvania Germans : an interpretive encyclopedia by Simon J Bronner( )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Destined to become the standard reference on Pennsylvania Germans (also known as the "Pennsylvania Dutch"), this book is the first survey of this extensive American group in nearly seventy-five years. Nineteen broad interpretive essays written by a distinguished group of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, linguists, and folklorists tell the rich and nuanced story of Pennsylvania German history and culture."--
Encyclopedia of American folklife( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 718 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
Creativity and tradition in folklore : new directions( )

17 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jews at home : the domestication of identity by Simon J BRONNER( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a Jew, describing a place as hòme' conveys connotations of heritage as well as of residence. Additionally, feeling àt home' suggests a sense of comfort in one's social surroundings. The questions at the heart of this volume are: what things make a home Jèwish', materially and emotionally, and what is it that makes Jews feel àt home' in their environment?" "The material dimensions are explored through a study of the symbolic and ritual objects that convey Jewishness and a consideration of other items that may be used to express Jewish identity in the home--something that the introduction identifies as lìving-room Judaism'. The discussion is geographically and ethnically wide-ranging, and the transformation of meaning attached to different objects in different environments is contextualized, as, for example, in Shalom Sabar's study of hamsa amulets in Morocco and Israel." "For diasporic Jewish culture, the question of feeling at home is an emotional issue that frequently emerges in literature, folklore, and the visual and performing arts. The phrase àt-homeness in exile' aptly expresses the tension between the different heritages with which Jews identify, including that between the biblical promised land and the cultural locations from which Jewish migration emanated. The essays in this volume take a closer look at the way in which ideas about feeling at home as a Jew are expressed in literature originating in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, and also at the political ramifications of these emotions. The question is further explored in a series of exchanges on the future of Jews feeling àt home' in Australia, Germany, Israel, and the United States." "Jews at Home is the first book to examine the theme of the Jewish home materially and emotionally from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including literature, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, art history, and folk and popular culture. The essays in the collection use the theme of home and the concept of domestication to revise understanding of the lived (and built) past, and to open new analytical possibilities for the future. Its discussion of domestic culture and its relevance to Jewish identity is one with which readers should feel right at home."--Jacket
Plain women : gender and ritual in the Old Order River Brethren by Margaret C Reynolds( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 527 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
Folk nation : folklore in the creation of American tradition by Simon J Bronner( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 504 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 )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American folklore studies : an intellectual history by Simon Josef Bronner( Book )

12 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 )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consuming visions : accumulation and display of goods in America, 1880-1920( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 466 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
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Following tradition : folklore in the discourse of American culture
The meaning of folklore : the analytical essays of Alan DundesKilling tradition : inside hunting and animal rights controversiesLafcadio Hearn's America : ethnographic sketches and editorialsGrasping things : folk material culture and mass society in AmericaCrossing the line : violence, play, and drama in naval equator traditionsExplaining traditions : folk behavior in modern cultureThe carver's art : crafting meaning from woodAmerican children's folklore
Alternative Names
Bronner, Simon

Simon J. Bronner American folklorist

Simon J. Bronner Amerikaans historicus

Simon J. Bronner historiador estadounidense

Simon J. Bronner historiador estauxunidense

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