Gordon, Barbara Elizabeth. The rhetoric of community ritual: the blessing of the shrimp fleet at Chauvin, Louisiana

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

Title: The rhetoric of community ritual: the blessing of the shrimp fleet at Chauvin, Louisiana

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International. 1991. [iii], v, [329] p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Barbara Elizabeth Gordon

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 Interviewing in research (124); Sociocultural trends (178); Total culture (180); Marine industries (228); Rest days and holidays (527); Spectacles (541); Ritual (788); Ecclesiastical organization (790);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an examination of the functions of a specific community ritual in Cajun society, the blessing of the shrimp fleet at Chauvin, Louisina. Gordon's data were gathered from her observation of the ritual and extensive interviews. Gordon uses the technique of fantasy theme analysis and attempts to demonstrate the community's use of discourse to develop and maintain group hierarchy. 'The discourse reveals six fantasy themes prevalent in the discourse of the people of Chauvin. The six -- unity, security, perpetuation, pride, care-taking, and pioneering -- are traits attributed to the shrimpers whose profession is 'blessed' by the ritual' (p. iv). The study shows how the discourse on the blessing of the shrimp fleet unites the Cajuns of Chauvin and reaffirms their Acadian culture and identity in the face of great pressure to conform to mainstream American social values.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 11

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. no12-011

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: Dissertation abstracts international -- 52/09, p. 3125, Mar. 1992.|UM-AAC 9207506 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical Col., 1991 Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1986-1987 (pp. 169-327)

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 Folklorist-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). 1986-1987

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Chauvin, Louisiana, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Cajuns


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