Cultural Analysis

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating expressive and everyday culture. Features analytical research articles, notes, reviews, and responses.

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Vol. 11, Annual

Ascetic Hedonism: Self and Sexual Conquest in the Seduction Community
Introduction In the early twenty-first century, the international self-help movement seems more wide-reaching than ever before. The self-help movie The Secret reached millions of people, first through the cinema and then through a globally-distributed...
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If a Text Falls in the Woods ...: Intertextuality, Environmental Perception, and the Non-Authored Text
In 2008, while studying narrative depictions of biophysical landscapes in the U.S., I conducted a series of field interviews with wilderness enthusiasts and nature pilgrims in the Pacific Northwest. Seeking to collect stories and personal experience...
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Infected Condoms and Pin-Pricked Oranges: An Ethnographic Study of AIDS Legends in Two Townships in Cape Town
Introduction With nearly six million cases of reported HIV infections (UNAIDS 2010), South Africa has the highest number of HIV-infected persons in the world. The majority of those infected are black South Africans. Besides the high infection rate,...
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The Dynamics of a Cultural Struggle in Academia: The Case of New Age Music Research
Introduction In recent years New Age music (NAM) has become a widespread and familiar musical category--on radio stations, in music stores, at festivals and at musical performances. Along with the massive inculcation of NAM into the cultural market,...
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Sorting out Donkey Skin (ATU 510B): Toward an Integrative Literal-Symbolic Analysis of Fairy Tales
ATU 510B, "Peau d'Asne" (also "Donkey Skin" and previously "The Dress of Gold, of Silver, and of Stars [Cap o' Rushes]"), exists within a rich, international oral tradition and has attracted literary rewriters, from Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers,...
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Response to Kimberly Ball's UFO-Abduction Narratives and the Technology of Tradition
Response to Kimberly Ball's UFO-Abduction Narratives and the Technology of Tradition Cultural Analysis Vol 9 (2010): 99-128 Although "alien abduction" is identified on the web-site of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (http://...
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Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World
Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World. Edited by Trevor J. Blank. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2009. Pp. ix + 260, acknowledgments, introduction, appendix, references, about the contributors, index. Folklore...
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Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value
Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value. By Lucy Norris. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. Pp. ix + 226, notes, bibliography, index, 7 illustrations, 16 color plates. In Recycling Indian Clothing, Lucy Norris maps...
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Cognitive Poetics and Cultural Memory: Russian Literary Mnemonics
Cognitive Poetics and Cultural Memory: Russian Literary Mnemonics. By Mikhail Gronas. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies, vol. 28. New York: Routledge, 2011. Pp. xiii + 174, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. Mikhail Gronas's...
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Communities of Play: Emergent Cultures in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds
Communities of Play: Emergent Cultures in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds. By Celia Pearce and Artemesia. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. Pp. xiii + 327, forwards, acknowledgements, photographs, games cited, works cited, index. Communities...
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Jokes and Targets
Jokes and Targets. By Christie Davies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. Pp. ix + 314, acknowledgments, introduction, references, index. The study of humor is serious business, but it requires far more than simply collecting the text...
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Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times to the Present
Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times to the Present. By Noriko T. Reider. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010. Pp. 208, introduction, footnotes, bibliography, index, illustrations. Aman stands on a bridge. He is awed in the presence...
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Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall
Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall. Edited by Alexis L. Boylan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Pp. 283, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, illustrations. By the time of his unexpected death earlier this year, the paintings of American...
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Still, the Small Voice: Narrative, Personal Revelation, and the Mormon Folk Tradition
Still, the Small Voice: Narrative, Personal Revelation, and the Mormon Folk Tradition. By Tom Mould. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2011. Pp. xi + 388, introduction, appendix, notes, works cited, index. Still, the Small Voice explores...
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Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage
Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage. By Laura Edmondson. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007. Pp. x +175, acknowledgements, introduction, glossary of terms, notes, references, index. All the world's...
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Vol. 10, Annual

Introduction
This volume has evolved as a follow-up to the panel under the same title, which we organized at the 10th Congress of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), in April 2011 in Lisbon. During the General Assembly congress participants...
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Narrating the Nation, Narrating the City
Introduction Studies of inter-ethnic relations, typically provoked or inspired by recent or ongoing conflicts and prolonged tensions, often remain confined to analysis of political discourse and actions. Analysis of spatiality in this branch of...
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One Area, Several Cultural Spaces: Comparative Analysis of Stories as the Bases of Local Identity
It is 14 June 2010. I have just arrived in Kohtla-Jarve from Tartu, and I want to get from the town centre to nearby Vanakula in order to take part in the meeting organised by local amateur historians. I have never taken this road before and I ask...
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Understanding Urban Spaces: How Speakers of Russian Talk about Helsinki
Introduction To love or to hate a city, to understand its historical past and to penetrate its multicultural modern life is a task that can never be completed, and our different backgrounds lead us to verbalize it differently. The goal of this article...
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Sentenced to Commute: Indigenous Young Women at a City University
Daily commuters and the multicultural city Multiculturalism is a term mentioned with regard to non-hegemonic groups, most commonly: immigrants, national minorities and indigenes. It refers to the decent response to the socio-cultural heterogeneity...
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Sacred and Profane Space in the Modern Russian City: A Choice of Russian Jews
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Some scholars stress the decline of many traditional collective identities, and the emergence of new ones at the same time (Davidman 1991; Giddens 1992; Vermuelen and Govers 1994; Eriksen 1993; Anthias 2001)....
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Jewish Culture and Its Heritage in Slovakia after 1989: Urban Sites of Remembrance in Kosice and Their Meanings
"The last regime has destroyed the Orthodox synagogue" This is the headline of an article (Jesensky 2006) (1) published in 2006 by the Slovak daily SME. (2) It was devoted to the oldest synagogue in Kosice which was virtually destroyed during the...
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There Are No Jews Here: From a Multiethnic to a Monoethnic Town of Burshtyn
Today, Burshtyn is one of two towns in Galicia, where memories about the Jewish population are still preserved albeit in a fragmented form. Pierre Nora coined the term <<un lieu de memoire>>, a place of memory. The "Jewish local text" in...
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Globalization in the Life of Small Island Towns: Changes for Better or Worse? the Case of the Island of Kos (Greece)
Introduction Globalization describes the process by which regional economies, societies and cultures have become integrated through communication, transportation and trade. The term is most closely associated with economic globalization: the integration...
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"Holiday of Holidays" Festival in Haifa: Between Hope and Reality
Introduction: Haifa as a Mixed City All localities in Israel are divided into three groups according to their ethnic composition: Jewish, Arab and mixed. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), eight urban localities are defined...
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Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change
Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change. Edited by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Eleonore Kofman, and Catherine Kevin. London/ New York: Routledge, 2009. xiii+232 pp, filmography, bibliography, index. ISBN 10:0-415-96526-8 (hbk)...
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Cultural Diversity in Russian Cities. the Urban Landscape in the Post-Soviet Era
Cultural Diversity in Russian Cities. The Urban Landscape in the Post-Soviet Era. Edited by Cordula Gdaniec. Space and Place Series, vol. 2. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010. Pp. x+185. Illustrations, references and index. ISBN 978-1-84545-665-8....
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Shtetl. XXI Cent. Fields Studies, Collection of Articles, in Russian)
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] Shtetl. XXI Cent. Fields studies, Collection of Articles, in Russian). ED. by V.A. Dymshits, A.L.L'vov, A.V.Sokolova, St-Petersburg, Evropeiskij Universitet v Moskve, 2008, 292 p., introduction, notes, bibliography,...
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Vol. 9, Annual

In Memoriam: Ezekiel Alembi (12.12.1960-17.01.2010)
On 17th January 2010, I received the news that my good friend and Kenyan "brother" Ezekiel Alembi had died of a stroke at his home in Nairobi at the tender age of 49. The news came as a great shock to all of us who had come to know him over the years...
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Mapping America: Re-Creating in the Cartographic Imagination
The Shaping of a National Citizenry Maps have long been part of the American cultural landscape. Plotting military advances and territorial expansion; regulating and demarcating land through surveys, thereby inextricably merging land and property,...
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Putting Words to Work: The Politics of Labor's Vernacular
In 1932, the radio show Vox Pop took its name from its mission to put the voices of the people on the radio. Its emphasis on the everyday citizen took many forms, including quiz shows, interviews, and human interest stories--all of which variably represented...
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Problematizing the Vernacular
Pamela Conners has written an excellent paper that will engender much fruitful dialogue. In beginning that conversation with this response, I mean in no way to denigrate a thoughtful, well-crafted study. I want to engage Conners's work by problematizing...
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Audiences and Vernacular Rhetoric
Scholarly interest in the creation, circulation, and contestation of vernacular rhetoric has increased dramatically with the growth of new media. The opportunity for previously marginalized groups to disseminate their message has expanded because new...
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Food in Binary: Identity and Interaction in Two German Food Blogs
Introduction Food blogs have become a wildly popular platform for individuals to write about their recipes, restaurant meals, opinions, and food experiences in a public forum. Some argue facetiously that everyone with a fork and an Internet connection...
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UFO-Abduction Narratives and the Technology of Tradition
The first to point out a connection between UFO phenomena and the supernatural phenomena of tradition was astronomer Jacques Vallee, who, in 1969, suggested that the similarity among accounts of UFOs, demons, angels, fairies, and ghosts provides evidence...
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Sensationalist Scholarship: A Putative "New" History of Fairy Tales
In early modern Europe, then, what was a mixed-media environment characterized by talking and manuscripts became even more mixed by the addition of mass print. Again, we need to stress that mass print did not replace talking or manuscripts. Major media...
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Contesting the Spectacle: Global Lives as Counterpublic in the Context of Celebrity Activism
The Global Lives Forum convened on February 27, 2010, to provide a space for critical discussion of the mission and products of the Global Lives Project. The Forum brought together the Project's staff of producers and filmmakers with scholars, students,...
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The Global Lives Project: Making New Media Matter in a Global World
The Participatory Culture of Prosuming Computing has infiltrated the everyday life of people all over the world. It is no longer merely a tool for communication and interaction, but also something-to-think-with, a medium that can give us new dimensions...
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Vol. 8, Annual

Ethics in Song: Becoming Kama'aina in Hapa-Haole Music
Just five hours away by plane from California, Hawai'i is a thousand light years away in fantasy. Mostly a state of mind, Hawai'i is the image of escape from the rawness and violence of daily American life. Hawai'i--the word, the vision, the sound...
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Criticising Local Politics, Rejecting Western Cultural Intrusion: A Study of Sanlu Dairy Online Jokes
Prestigious Past and Tarnished Present In addition to the Beijing Olympic Games, another event shook China in the summer of 2008--tainted milk. This event, which became known as "the 2008 Chinese milk scandal," originated in early May, although...
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The Mythical Ghoul in Arabic Culture
The Pre-Islamic Ghoul The earliest records of Arabs document their activities in Mesopotamia, providing evidence that the nomads of Arabia were always in direct contact with the more "advanced" people of Mesopotamia, mainly for the purpose of trade....
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Gifting the Bear and a Nostalgic Desire for Childhood Innocence
Each and every human being at one time or other has wanted a teddy bear to give them friendship and companionship (Andrews 2004, 1). [FIGURE 1 OMITTED] Imagine a child holding tightly onto a teddy bear. The bear's face wears a comforting smile;...
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Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes
Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes. By Lillian S. Robinson. New York: Routledge, 2004. Pp. ix-148, preface, afterward, works cited, index. In Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes, Lillian S. Robinson focuses on the development of female...
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No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work
No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work. By Grey Gundaker and Judith McWillie. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. Pp. xviii + 237, acknowledgments, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. Names like Lonnie Holley,...
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Swinging in Place: Porch Life in Southern Culture
Swinging in Place: Porch Life in Southern Culture. By Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. 193 pages. It was not her experience studying abroad in France, but rather her move to the Midwest for graduate...
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The Idea of North
The Idea of North. By Peter Davidson. Topographics. London: Reaktion, 2005. Pp. 271, introduction, notes, illustrations, image credits. One can see and feel a place in a physical sense, but each place also carries an "overload of possible meanings"...
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Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village
Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village. By Margaret Paxson. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press (Editorial). Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. (Order From). 2005. Pp. 390, introduction, afterword, acknowledgements,...
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Vol. 7, Annual

Introduction to Cultural Analysis Volume 7, Special Issue: Memory
Even beginning to speak of memory is difficult, because what is memory? If it exists, which it must, then where is it located? A list of possible answers includes books, petroglyphs, neurons, traditions, narratives, architecture, film, and oak trees....
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"Performative Narrativity": Palestinian Identity and the Performance of Catastrophe
I have advised you my heart, and why did not you take my advice? We became an intoxicated people who go to sleep and wake up in the love of their homeland. Oh [...] you, my body that is torn into two halves, a living one and another that lived,...
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"Where Was I?": Personal Experience Narrative, Crystallization and Some Thoughts on Tradition Memory
Several years ago, I was rather surprised when one of my daughter's friend's parents asked me if I could help her with brain surgery in a few weeks' time. She assured me that she was, in fact, a medical doctor and a practicing surgeon and that the...
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Through the "Eye of the Skull": Memory and Tradition in a Travelling Landscape
It has been a privilege to research the cultural traditions and creativity of the Scottish Travelling People, (1) an indigenous and traditionally nomadic group credited with the guardianship of one of the richest oral cultures in Europe. (Neat 1996,...
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In Anticipation of a Post-Memory Boom Syndrome
It would seem that at any given moment an academic journal is publishing an article, perhaps even a themed issue, on memory. We are evidently witnessing what Jay Winter has aptly labeled a "memory boom" (2000). The number of publications is overwhelming....
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#510: If the Shoe Fits ... A Transformative Laboratory Exhibition. Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, March 10-April 14, 2006
A living work of art is life itself, born from the dynamic fusion of the self (the microcosm) and the universe (the macrocosm) ... If we accept ... the interconnection of all living things, then art becomes the elemental modality through which humans...
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Playing Folklorists Online: Teaching about Folk Art through Interactivity
The Folkvine project (www.folkvine. org) is an effort to utilize new media to share the stories of Florida folk artists and their communities on the internet. Through the use of digital media, the project seeks ways to present and, most importantly,...
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Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Gnawa Trance Music in the Global Marketplace
Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Gnawa Trance Music in the Global Marketplace. By Deborah Kapchan. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2007. Pp. xi + 325, introduction, notes, bibliography, glossary notes, index, illustrations. Deborah Kapchan...
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Risk and Technological Culture: Towards a Sociology of Virulence
Risk and Technological Culture: Towards a Sociology of Virulence. By Joost Van Loon. London, New York: Routledge, 2002. Pp ix + 234, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. The Classical Italians warned that knowledge too hastily acquired is...
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National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England
National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England. By Jennifer Schacker. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. Pp. 198 + notes, bibliography, notes, index, illustrations. In National Dreams, Jennifer Shacker...
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Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America
Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. By William Nericcio. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007. Pp 1 + 248, figures, illustrations, notes, bibliography, image credits, index. William Anthony Nericcio has published...
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Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere
Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. By Gwendolyn D. Pough. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004. Pp. 265, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, illustrations. In Check It While I Wreck...
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American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond
American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond. By Jan Johnson-Smith. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2005. Pp. 308, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, illustrations. Jan Johnson-Smith, a senior lecturer...
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Vol. 6, Annual

"I Lost My Head in Borneo": Tourism and the Refashioning of the Headhunting Narrative in Sabah, Malaysia
Abstract Although headhunting is generally believed to be no longer practiced in Sabah, Malaysia, it is a phenomenon of the past that still exists in the collective consciousness of indigenous groups, living through the telling and retelling of...
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Burgundian Regionalism and French Republican Commercial Culture at the 1937 Paris International Exposition
Abstract This article discusses how early twentieth-century France developed rustic modernization projects anchored in traditional regional practices. This entailed overcoming political and cultural fears associated with regional allegiances as...
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Orality, Inscription and the Creation of a New Lore
Abstract This essay examines the process by which the discourse of folklore is used to entextualize and recontextualize the oral tradition in West Bengal through a discussion of two contemporary Bangla novels. Motifs from folk tales, myths, and...
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Identity-as-Form: The Mosque in the West (1)
Abstract This article is a reconsideration of the ethical conceptual framework developed by Edward Said in his book Orientalism within an art historical context. It focuses primarily on the relationship between form and cultural identity in the...
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Vol. 5, Annual

Theory/policy: Introduction
As an interdisciplinary forum, Cultural Analysis interweaves and overlaps a variety of vantage points on expressive and everyday culture. This fifth volume stands at a crossroads where theory meets policy, and where academic and public interests converge....
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"In Uno Plures" (?) EU Cultural Policy and the Governance of Europe
Cultural Policy and European Integration in Anthropological Perspective (1) Culture has an important intrinsic value to all people in Europe, is an essential element of European integration and contributes to the affirmation and vitality of the...
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The Judgment of Solomon: Global Protections for Tradition and the Problem of Community Ownership
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. 1 Kings 4, 26 Ihr aber, ihr Zuhorer der Geschichte vom Kreidekreis...
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Cultural Heritage, the Swedish Folklife Sphere, and the Others (1)
We are in the midst of a global "cult of heritage," asserts English geographer, historian and professor of heritage studies, David Lowenthal (1998, 1-30). Indeed, cultural heritage (or simply heritage) and its many equivalents or near equivalents,...
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Intellectuals, Culture, Policy: The Technical, the Practical, and the Critical (1)
There are now ample signs that cultural policy is emerging as an increasingly important area of theoretical and practical engagement for intellectuals working in the fields of sociology and cultural studies. This has occasioned a good deal of debate...
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Comentario
We are in a crisis of belonging, a population crisis, of who, what, when, and where. More and more people feel as though they do not belong; more and more people are applying to belong; and more and more people are not counted as belonging. Economic...
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Vol. 4, Annual

An Entangled Object: The Picture Postcard as Souvenir and Collectible, Exchange and Ritual Communication
Abstract The picture postcard craze went hand in hand with the rise of a new consumer culture, a more affluent society, and a new middle class. Modernity is the common denominator and the frame of reference. However, these cards served a multiplicity...
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The Arab Ear and the American Eye: A Study of the Role of the Senses in Culture
Abstract This article is a translation (with a translator's preface) of an essay by Sharif Kanaana on the significance of hearing in Arab culture. The analysis is based on Alan Dundes' "Seeing is Believing." Proceeding along the same lines as Dundes...
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Remembering the Second World War, 1945-1965: Narratives of Victimhood and Genocide
Abstract In many respects, ours is an era of memory and repentance. The great convulsion that was the Second World War is often at the center of such memories, although it is not the only historical focus. If ours is the age of apology, then the...
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Vol. 3, Annual

Catch Me before I Kill More: Seriality as Modern Monstrosity
A colleague of mine, lamenting the disasters of her personal life, which included several broken engagements over the previous decade, said despairingly that she seemed destined to be nothing more than a "serial fiancee." This phrase evocatively suggests...
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Covers, Copies, and "Colo[u]redness" (1) in Postwar Cape Town
To copy [note] for [note], word for word, image for image, is to make the known world your own ... It is within an exuberant world of copies that we arrive at our experience of reality. Hillel Schwartz 1996, 211-2 Despite their prodigious use...
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Scenes from the Colonial Catwalk: Cultural Appropriation, Intellectual Property Rights, and Fashion
INTRODUCTION In 1907 the English manufacturer Royal Doulton introduced porcelain featuring a design called "Maori Art": cups, saucers and plates glazed with red, black, and white to reproduce a suite of interlocking patterns that are generically...
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Comments on Cape Town Covers, Colonial Catwalks, and Getting Caught
Not the return of the repressed but the return of the ex pressed: OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. "Obsession" [<ob, before + sedere, to sit], a 16th-century reference to laying siege, slipped instantly away from the military toward metaphor...
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Copy Wrong and Copyright: Serial Psychos, Coloured Covers, and Maori Marks
The three papers, in very different ways, deal with questions of reproduction, from the good and the bad, so to speak, to the ugly--the assimilation of American popular music by "coloureds" in South Africa discussed by Carol Ann Muller; the appropriation...
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Vol. 2, Annual

A Socio-Historical and Contextual Analysis of Popular Musical Performance among the Swahili of Mombasa, Kenya
Abstract This paper discusses a genre of Swahili popular music--taarab--by focusing on its historical development, context of performance, and relation to gender and religion. Using case studies and interviews with musicians and audience members...
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"Es Sind Zween Weg": Singing Amish Children into the Faith Community (1)
Abstract The world's largest Amish settlement straddles Ohio's Wayne and Holmes counties. The majority of the Amish prefer an agrarian lifestyle of steady, hard work, preserving a community-oriented, Reformation-era theocracy. The Amish are a "plain"...
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The Amazonian Ox Dance Festival: An Anthropological Account (1)
Abstract The Ox Dance (Boi-Bumba) festival, held yearly during the last three evenings of June in the town of Parintins, Amazonas, is the most spectacular folk festival staged in Northern Brazil. In recent decades, it has assumed massive proportions,...
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Symbols and Images of "Evil" in Student Protests in Sofia, 1997
Abstract This article analyzes Bulgarian student protests in 1990 and 1997 in their political, sociological, and cultural dimensions. Beginning with an overview of the Bulgarian political situation in the 1990s, the article goes on to consider student...
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Vol. 1, Annual

Welcome to Cultural Analysis!
Welcome to the first volume of Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture. Between and beyond disciplines, Cultural Analysis is global in scope and dialogic in form; it's distributed through the Internet, free of...
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Bengt Holbek and the Study of Meanings in Fairy Tales *
This paper argues that Bengt Holbek's attempt to reduce all "marvelous" elements in fairy tales to real-world referents drastically conceals the dynamics of traditional symbolic representations underlying this narrative genre. Bengt Holbek is unusual...
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Dominant Discourses of Power Relations and the Melanesian Other: Interpreting the Eroticized, Effeminizing Gaze in National Geographic
The effeminate and sensual idealization of the Melanesian Other stems from National Geographic's gaze, which in turn is broadly linked to themes in Western cultural history. Race and geopolitics become organizing backdrops for narratives told about...
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The Pleasures of the Ear: Toward an Ethnography of Listening
Collection and research on expressive culture had its beginning in scholars' deep and often emotional and sensory attraction to folk song, narration and craft. Writing and print were the customary 19th-century media of learning and communicating knowledge,...
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"Young Ned of the Hill" and the Reemergence of the Irish Rapparee: A Textual and Intertextual Analysis
The song "Young Ned of the Hill" by the Pogues resurrects an outlaw hero from Irish folklore and attempts to make sense of contemporary experience by appealing to a meaningful past. Through a close attention to text and intertextual references, this...
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After the Ball Is Over: Bringing Cinderella Home
Cinderella, a popular children's story, features a woman of ideal proportions elevated to myth. This is not the ubiquitous folktale's nature but derives from mistranslation and application. The contemporary Cinderella's most memorable and crucial features--glass...
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