House Signs and Collegiate Fun

House Signs and Collegiate Fun : Sex, Race, and Faith in a College Town

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It's no secret that fun is important to American college students, but it is unusual for scholars to pay attention to how undergraduates represent and reflect on their partying. Linguist and anthropologist Chaise LaDousa explores the visual manifestations of collegiate fun in a Midwestern college town where house signs on off-campus student residences are a focal point of college culture. With names like Boot 'N Rally, The Plantation, and Crib of the Rib, house signs reproduce consequential categories of gender, sexuality, race, and faith in a medium students say is benign. Through his analysis of house signs and what students say about them, LaDousa introduces the reader to key concepts and approaches in cultural analysis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 50 b&w illus.
  • 0253223261
  • 9780253223265

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LaDousa makes excellent use of the formal interviews collected by his students to show that house signs are indeed a serious subject. In doing so he has provided us with a valuable text for introducing students to the field of linguistic anthropology and the process of collecting and analyzing data about textual practices in everyday life.May 2013 * Journal of Linguistic Anthropology *
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About Chaise Ladousa

Chaise LaDousa is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College.
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Table of contents

Introduction "The Ivy League": House Signs and Their Display
1. "Bed, Booze, and Beyond": History and Ethnography of Collegiate Fun
2. "Witty House Name": The Textual Lives of House Signs
3. "Inn Pursuit"... of Christ: The Unevenness of Agency
4. "Ghetto Fabulous" and "Plantation": Racial Difference in a Space of Fun
5. "Hot Box," "Box Office," and "Fill Her Up": Reflections on Gender and Sexuality
Conclusion "Where the Sidewalk Ends": Remarks on Cultural Production and Ethnography
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