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Building Tradition: On Control and Authority in Vernacular Architecture

Simon J. Bronner

in Explaining Traditions

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134062
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.003.0004
Building Tradition: On Control and Authority in Vernacular Architecture

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This chapter suggests the agency of tradition, especially in the social and psychological functions enacted by individuals and groups in the intentional maintenance of vernacular architectural forms. As examples of the incorporation of tradition in the vernacular architecture of complex societies, the chapter focuses on three representations of traditions and the constructive process of bricolage in twenty-first century America: seasonal construction of the Jewish sukkah, Amish community barn raising, and Houston's recycled houses.

Keywords: Houston; Bricolage; Sukkah; Jews; barn raising; Amish; architecture

Chapter.  15091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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