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Crying Shame

Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

Crying Shame by James M. Wilce
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Building on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive historical evidence, Crying Shame analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent.
  • Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context
  • Draws on the author’s extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon
  • Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity
  • An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization
Wiley; February 2009
296 pages; ISBN 9781444306255
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Title: Crying Shame
Author: James M. Wilce
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