American Culture (Paperback)

Essays on the Familiar and Unfamiliar

By Leonard Plotnicov (Editor)

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822960928, 314pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1990

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American Culture comprises fifteen essays looking at the familiar and the less familiar in American society: urbanites in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, rural communities in the American West, Hispanics in Wisconsin, Samoans in California, the Amish, and the utopian religious communities of the Shakers and Oneida. The essays address a wide range of topics and a spectrum of occupations-miners, whalers, farmers, factory workers, physicians and nurses-to consider such questions as why some religious sects remain distinctive, separate, and viable; how groups use of such things as nicknames and family reunions to maintain ties within the community; how immigrant communities organize to sustain traditional cultural activities.

About the Author

Leonard Plotnicov was professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the journal Ethnology.

Praise For American Culture: Essays on the Familiar and Unfamiliar

“The quality of the papers is uniformly excellent. . . . The collection is remarkably representative of the range of work that anthropologists have done on United States culture over the last 30 years.”
—R. Timothy Sieber