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New York State Folklife Reader:
Diverse Voices

New York State Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices is an anthology of folklore and folklife, published 2013, with essays and articles that explore aspects of New York State folklife in the areas of Play, Work, Resistance, and Food.




READ the review in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Vol. 51, No. 7, March, 2014)

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New York State Folklife Reader
From CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries: Vol. 51, No. 7, March 2014:

“Joining a bookshelf of recent state folklife readers for Florida (The Florida Folklife Reader, 2011 ), Tennessee (A Tennessee Folklore Sampler, 2009), and Wisconsin (Wisconsin Folklore, 1999), this volume underscores the variety of forms as well as groups in New York’s culture. It emphasizes folklife as a living tradition of relevance to society and politics. Six essays in the opening "Memory" section show the way that folklore functions in the present by shaping the past in narrative and ritual. Sections on play and work foiiow. Distinctive in this volume compared to the other state folklife readers is a section titled “Resistance,” with four essays exploring applications of folklore to confront political inequalities. The concluding section shifts attention in three essays on the power of food as a marker of tradition, particularly for a state such as New York, which has gained more of its identity from the array of peoples and landscapes in its midst than from a regional unity characteristic of states to the east or to the south. By raising intriguing questions about the meaning of expressive traditions within the context of place, the New York State reader should be of interest well beyond the state’s borders. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. — S. J Bronner, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus

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