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Fine, Gary Alan

Works: 81 works in 429 publications in 2 languages and 19,287 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  History  Case studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Gary Alan Fine
Most widely held works by Gary Alan Fine
Kitchens : the culture of restaurant work by Gary Alan Fine( )

31 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Kitchens' takes the reader into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant. In this portrait of the real lives of kitchen workers, the author brings their experiences, challenges, and satisfactions to life
Authors of the storm : meteorologists and the culture of prediction by Gary Alan Fine( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whether it is used as an icebreaker in conversation or as the subject of serious inquiry, "the weather" is one of the few subjects that everyone talks about. And though we recognize the faces that bring us the weather on television, how government meteorologists and forecasters get about their jobs is rarely scrutinized. Given recent weather related disasters, it's time we find out more. In Authors of the Storm, Gary Alan Fine offers an inside look at how meteorologists and forecasters predict the weather."--BOOK JACKET
Everyday genius : self-taught art and the culture of authenticity by Gary Alan Fine( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional network of value, status, and money. After spending years immersed in the world of self-taught artists, Gary Alan Fine presents Everyday Genius, one of the most insightful and comprehensive examinations of this network and how it confers artistic value." "Fine considers the differences among folk art, outsider art, and self-taught art, explaining the economics of this distinctive art market and exploring the dimensions of its artistic production and distribution. Interviewing dealers, collectors, curators, and critics and venturing into the backwoods and inner-city homes of numerous self-taught artists. Fine describes how authenticity is central to the system in which artists - often poor, elderly, members of a minority group, or mentally ill - are seen as having an unfettered form of expression highly valued in the art world. Respected dealers, he shows, have a hand in burnishing biographies of the artists, and both dealers and collectors trade in identities as much as objects."--Jacket
Gifted tongues : high school debate and adolescent culture by Gary Alan Fine( )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning to argue and persuade in a highly competitive environment is only one aspect of life on a high-school debate team. Teenage debaters also participate in a distinct cultural world - complete with its own jargon and status system - in which they must negotiate complicated relationships with teammates, competitors, coaches, and parents as well as classmates outside the debating circuit. In Gifted Tongues, Gary Alan Fine offers a rich description of this world as a testing ground for both intellectual and emotional development, while seeking to understand adolescents as social actors. Considering the benefits and drawbacks of the debating experience, he also recommends ways of reshaping programs so that more high schools can use them to boost academic performance and foster specific skills in citizenship. Fine analyzes the training of debatres in rapid-fire speech, rules of logical argumentation, and the strategic use of evidence, and how this training instills the core values of such American institutions as laws and politics. Debates, however, sometimes veer quickly from fine displays of logic to acts of immaturity - a reflection of the tensions experienced by young people learning to think as adults. Fine contributes to our understanding of teenage years by encouraging us not to view them as a distinct stage of development but rather a time in which young people draw from a toolkit of both childlike and adult behaviors. A well-designed debate program, he concludes, nurtures the intellect while providing a setting in which teens learn to make better behavioral choices, ones that will shape relationships in their personal, professional, and civic lives. -- from back cover
Morel tales : the culture of mushrooming by Gary Alan Fine( )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fine extends his argument to show that the elaboration of cultural meanings found among mushroom collectors is equally applicable to birders, butterfly collectors, rock hounds, and other naturalists
Tiny publics : a theory of group action and culture by Gary Alan Fine( )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If all politics are local, then so is almost everything else, argues sociologist Gary Alan Fine. We organize our lives by relying on those closest to us--family members, friends, work colleagues, team mates, and other intimates--to create meaning and order. In this thoughtful and wide-ranging book, Fine argues that the basic building blocks of society itself are forged within the boundaries of such small groups, the "tiny publics" necessary for a robust, functioning social order at all levels. Action, meaning, authority, inequality, organization, and institutions all have their roots in small groups. Yet for the past twenty-five years social scientists have tended to ignore the power of groups in favor of an emphasis on organizations, societies, or individuals. Based on over thirty-five years of Fine's own ethnographic research across an array of small groups, Tiny Publics presents a compelling new theory of the pivotal role of small groups in organizing social life. No social system can thrive without flourishing small groups. They provide havens in an impersonal world, where faceless organizations become humanized. Taking examples from such diverse worlds as Little League baseball teams, restaurant workers, high school debate teams, weather forecasters, and political volunteers, Fine demonstrates how each group has its own unique culture, or idioculture--the system of knowledge, beliefs, behavior, and customs that define and hold a group together. With their dense network of relationships, groups serve as important sources of social and cultural capital for their members. The apparently innocuous jokes, rituals, and nicknames prevalent within Little League baseball teams help establish how teams function internally and how they compete with other teams. Small groups also provide a platform for their members to engage in broader social discourse and a supportive environment to begin effecting change in larger institutions. In his studies of mushroom collectors and high school debate teams, Fine demonstrates the importance of stories that group members tell each other about their successes and frustrations in fostering a strong sense of social cohesion. And Fine shows how the personal commitment political volunteers bring to their efforts is reinforced by the close-knit nature of their work, which in turn has the power to change larger groups and institutions. In this way, the actions and debates begun in small groups can eventually radiate outward to affect every level of society. Fine convincingly demonstrates how small groups provide fertile ground for the seeds of civic engagement. Outcomes often attributed to large-scale social forces originate within such small-scale domains. Employing rich insights from both sociology and social psychology, as well as vivid examples from a revealing array of real-work groups, Tiny Publics provides a compelling examination of the importance of small groups and of the rich vitality they bring to social life. -- Publisher description
Whispers on the color line : rumor and race in America by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whispers on the Color Line focuses on a wide array of tales told in black and white communities across America. Topics run the gamut from alleged governmental conspiracies, possible food tampering, gang violence, and the sex lives of celebrities. Such beliefs travel by word of mouth, in print, and increasingly over the Internet. In many instances these rumors and legends reflect the tenaciousness of racial misunderstanding that continues to frustrate efforts to foster racial harmony, creating separate racialized pools of knowledge." "The authors have spent more than twenty years collecting and analyzing rumors and contemporary legends - from the ever-durable Kentucky Fried Rat cycle to persistent beliefs that athletic footwear manufacturers support white supremacist regimes. In this book, Fine and Turner explain how people find suspicious stories like these plausible. Telling them serves many purposes: to assuage anxieties, entertain friends, increase our sense of control - all without directly proclaiming our own attitudes. The authors consider how these tales reflect attitudes that blacks and whites have about each other and about the world they face. They brilliantly demonstrate how - by transforming unacceptable impulses into a narrative that is claimed to have actually happened - we are able to express the inexpressible."--Jacket
Rumor and gossip : the social psychology of hearsay by Ralph L Rosnow( Book )

11 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the boys : Little League baseball and preadolescent culture by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What are boys like? Who is the creature inhabiting the twilight zone between the perils of the Oedipus complex and the Strum und Drang of puberty? In With the Boys, Gary Alan Fine examines the American male preadolescent by studying the world of Little League baseball. Drawings on three years of firsthand observation of five Little Leagues, Fine describes how, through organized sport and its accompanying activities, boys learn to play, work, and generally be "men.""--Back cover
Knowing children : participant observation with minors by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To help the researcher understand why and how children react to adults who are doing ethnographic research, the authore explore the methodological and ethical problems of qualitative research with minors
Shared fantasy : role-playing games as social worlds by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This classic study still provides one of the most acute descriptions available of an often misunderstood subculture: that of fantasy role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Gary Alan Fine immerses himself in several different gaming systems, offering insightful details on the nature of the games and the patterns of interaction among players--as well as their reasons for playing."--Publisher's description
Manufacturing tales : sex and money in contemporary legends by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mouse in the Coke bottle, the promiscuous cheerleader, the exploding Pop Rocks candy, the Kentucky Fried Rat. If the ballad and the fairy tale were the archetypal folklore forms of an earlier age, such contemporary legends constitute the preferred narrative genre of the late twentieth century. In Manufacturing Tales, award-winning folklorist Gary Alan Fine presents a major new theory of the creation and diffusion of contemporary legends in modern society." "While ballad and fairy tale arose in folk communities and spread through trade and migration, contemporary legends thrive in societies crosscut by varied communication channels and relatively open networks. By looking at the social-structural background, the performance context, the personality of the teller, and the content of the text, we gain insight into the formation, dissemination, and disappearance of these modern legends." "Fine identifies sex and money as key themes in contemporary legends, reflecting the public's disguised attempts to deal with major contemporary preoccupations. From the AIDS crisis to fears of food contamination in restaurants, popular anxieties are reflected in folklore. As dramatic, moving, comic, and involving texts, contemporary legends build relationships among acquaintances and strangers; as depictions of the world that we face every day, they provide perspective on potential challenges; and as shared information, they elaborate a consensual understanding of reality."--BOOK JACKET
The global grapevine : why rumors of terrorism, immigration, and trade matter by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""A flat world allows bad ideas to travel faster. Using illustrations ranging from the history of the vampire to modern rumors about terrorism, Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis explain what happens when cultures collide, and they make you a smarter citizen of an increasingly connected world. If you want to spot the next whopper that appears in your in-box (or springs from the mouth of a television commentator) this book is essential."--. Chip Heath, author of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" ""In this readable, insightful book, Fine and Ellis offer a tight analysis of loose talk. They show how seemingly unrelated rumors-9-11 conspiracy theories, warnings about dangerous imported goods, and stories about stolen body parts-reveal a common theme: many people's discomfort regarding their growing experience with and exposure to what strikes them as foreign. Other analysts may cheer that the world is shrinking and getting flatter, but the stories we tell one another suggest that globalization remains pretty scary for lots of folks."--Joel Best, author of Stat-Sporting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data" ""This is a brilliant piece of cultural criticism. Fine and Ellis rigorously scrutinize the rampant paranoid rumors of our time, explaining how and why these fantasies form, what they mean, and how we should deal with them. Everyone who listens to talk radio or uses the Internet should read this book."--Jan Harold Brunvand, author of Encyclopedia of Urban Legends"--Jacket
A second Chicago school? : the development of a postwar American sociology( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From 1945 to about 1960, the University of Chicago was home to a group of faculty and graduate students whose work has come to define what many call a second "Chicago School" of sociology. Like its predecessor earlier in the century, the postwar department was again the center for qualitative social research--on everything from mapping the nuances of human behavior in small groups to seeking solutions to problems of race, crime, and poverty. Howard Becker, Joseph Gusfield, Herbert Blumer, David Riesman, Erving Goffman, and others created a large, enduring body of work. In this book, leading sociologists critically confront this legacy. The eight original chapters survey the issues that defined the department's agenda: the focus on deviance, race and ethnic relations, urban life, and collective behavior the renewal of participant observation as a method and the refinement of symbolic interaction as a guiding theory and the professional and institutional factors that shaped this generation, including the leadership of Louis Wirth and Everett C. Hughes the role of women and the competition for national influence Chicago sociology faced from survey research at Columbia and grand theory at Harvard. The contributors also discuss the internal conflicts that call into question the very idea of a unified "school.""
Talking sociology by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Difficult reputations : collective memories of the evil, inept, and controversial by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We take reputations for granted. Believing in the bad and the good natures of our notorious or illustrious forebears is part of our shared national heritage. Yet we are largely ignorant of how such reputations came to be, who was instrumental in creating them, and why. Even less have we considered how villains, just as much as heroes, have helped our society define its values. Presenting essays on America's most reviled traitor, its worst president, and its most controversial literary ingénue (Benedict Arnold, Warren G. Harding, and Lolita), among others, sociologist Gary Alan Fine analyzes neg
Rumor mills : the social impact of rumor and legend by Véronique Campion-Vincent( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The goal of this volume is to explore the social & political dynamics of rumour & the related concept of urban or contemporary legend. These forms of communication often appear in tandem with social problems, including riots, racial or political violence, & social and economic upheavals
Players and pawns : how chess builds community and culture by Gary Alan Fine( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chess match seems about as solitary an endeavor as there is in sports: two minds, on their own, in fierce opposition. But is this the case? Inevitably these two minds are in dialogue, and perhaps might be better understood as partners in play. And surrounding that one-on-one contest is a community life that can be as dramatic and intense as the across-the-board confrontation. Gary Alan Fine has spent years immersed in several communities of amateur and professional chess players--children and adults--and in Players and Pawns he takes readers deep inside these worlds, revealing a complex, brilliant, feisty world of commitment and conflict. Opening with a close look at a routine, yet financially troubled, tournament in Atlantic City, Fine carries us from planning and setup through the climactic final day's match-ups between the weekend's top players, introducing us along the way to countless players and their relationships to the game. At tournaments like that one, as well as in locales as diverse as collegiate matches and cash games in Manhattan's Washington Square Park, players find themselves part of what Fine terms a soft community, an open, welcoming space built on their shared commitment to the game. Within that community, chess players find both support and challenges, all amid a shared interest in and love of the long-standing traditions of the game, traditions that help chess players build a communal identity
Kitchens : the Culture of Restaurant Work, Updated with a New Preface by Gary Alan Fine( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant. In this rich, often surprising portrait of the real lives of kitchen workers, Gary Alan Fine brings their experiences, challenges, and satisfactions to colorful life. A new preface updates this riveting exploration of how restaurants actually work, both individually and as part of a larger culinary culture
Meaningful play, playful meaning by Association for the Anthropological Study of Play( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spieltheorie, Kinderspiel, USA, Sportsoziologie, Identität, Spiel
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Everyday genius : self-taught art and the culture of authenticity
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Fine, Gary

Fine, Gary A. 1950-

Fine, Gary Alan

Gary Alan Fine American sociologist

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Gary Alan Fine sociólogo estadounidense

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Authors of the storm : meteorologists and the culture of predictionEveryday genius : self-taught art and the culture of authenticityGifted tongues : high school debate and adolescent cultureMorel tales : the culture of mushroomingWhispers on the color line : rumor and race in AmericaWith the boys : Little League baseball and preadolescent cultureKnowing children : participant observation with minorsShared fantasy : role-playing games as social worlds