Esman, Marjorie R.. The celebration of Cajun identity: ethnic unity and the Crawfish Festival

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The celebration of Cajun identity: ethnic unity and the Crawfish Festival

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International. 1981. [iv], vi, 232 p. maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Marjorie Ruth Esman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Cajuns (NO12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History and culture change (170); Total culture (180); Food quest (220); Food preparation (252); Food consumption (260); Rest days and holidays (527); Spectacles (541); Ethnic stratification (563); Political movements (668); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Marjorie Esman conducted research in and around Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, between August 1979 and August 1980 for this dissertation. After an introductory chapter on Cajun cultural history, Esman begins a discussion of the main theme, ethnic unity, by contrasting the politically oriented ethnic assertion movements of non-Cajun groups such as the American Blacks, Quebecois, Basques, and northern Irish with the cultural and non-political ethnic assertion methods of the Cajuns. The Cajuns express their ethnicity through festivals and public proclamations of identity, but not through collective political action. 'Cajun festivals, as ritual, substitute for effective group mobilization of any other kind, and their prominence, fame, and popularity advertise Cajun identity and cohesiveness almost as effectively as would political confrontation' (p. 181). Esman presents a detailed analysis of the elements of the Crawfish Festival held at Breaux Bridge in 1980 to support this analysis.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. no12-009

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Abstracted in: Disseration abstracts international -- 42/03, p. 1227, Dec. 1981.|UM-AAC 8118365 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Tulane University, 1981 Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document August 1979-August 1980 (p. ii)

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle, 1993

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). variable

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Breaux Bridge and St. Martin Parishes, Louisiana, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Cajuns

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