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"And Other Neighborly Names"

"And Other Neighborly Names"
Social Process and Cultural Image in Texas Folklore

A collection of essays devoted to various aspects of folk tradition in Texas.

March 1981
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334 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 b&w illus. |

"And Other Neighborly Names"—the title is from a study by Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and otherwise, exchanged across cultural boundaries by Anglos and Mexicans—is a collection of essays devoted to various aspects of folk tradition in Texas. The approach builds on the work of the folklorists who have helped give the study of folklore in Texas such high standing in the field-Mody Boatright, J. Frank Dobie, John Mason Brewer, the Lomaxes, and of course Paredes himself, to whom this book is dedicated.

Focusing on the ways in which traditions arise and are maintained where diverse peoples come together, the editors and other essayists—John Holmes McDowell, Joe Graham, Alicia María González, Beverly J. Stoeltje, Archie Green, José E. Limón, Thomas A. Green, Rosan A. Jordan, Patrick B. Mullen, and Manuel H. Peña—examine conjunto music, the corrido, Gulf fishermen's stories, rodeo traditions, dog trading and dog-trading tales, Mexican bakers' lore, Austin's "cosmic cowboy" scene, and other fascinating aspects of folklore in Texas. Their emphasis is on the creative reaction to socially and culturally pluralistic situations, and in this they represent a distinctively Texan way of studying folklore, especially as illustrated in the performance-centered approach of Paredes, Boatright, and others who taught at the University of Texas at Austin. As an overview of this approach—its past, present, and future—"And Other Neighborly Names" makes a valuable contribution both to Texas folklore and to the discipline as a whole.

  • Acknowledgments
  • I. Introduction
    • Doing Folklore Texas-Style (Roger D. Abrahams and Richard Bauman)
  • II. The Structure and Context of Expressive Forms
    • The Caso: An Emic Genre of Folk Narrative (Joe Graham)
    • The Corrido of Greater Mexico as Discourse, Music, and Event (John Holmes McDowell)
  • III. Social Types and Stereotypes
    • “Any Man Who Keeps More’n One Hound’ll Lie to You”: Dog Trading and Storytelling at Canton, Texas (Richard Bauman)
    • “Guess How Doughnuts Are Made”: Verbal and Nonverbal Aspects of the Panadero and His Stereotype (Alicia María González)
    • Cowboys and Clowns: Rodeo Specialists and the Ideology of Work and Play (Beverly J. Stoeltje)
    • Austin’s Cosmic Cowboys: Words in Collision (Archie Green)
  • IV. Expressive Dimensions of Heterogeneity and Change
    • The Folk Performance of “Chicano” and the Cultural Limits of Political Ideology (José E. Limon)
    • Folklore and Ethnic Identity in Tigua Nativism (Thomas A. Green)
    • Tension and Speech Play in Mexican-American Folklore (Rosan A. Jordan)
    • A Traditional Storyteller in Changing Contexts (Patrick B. Mullen)
    • The Emergence of Conjunto Music, 1935–1955 (Manuel H. Peña)
  • V. Conclusion: A Look toward Future Concerns
    • Shouting Match at the Border: The Folklore of Display Events (Roger D. Abrahams)
  • Contributors

Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Indiana University and former director of the Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Roger D. Abrahams is Hum Rosen Professor (Emeritus) of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania.


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