Creating National Community

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109589
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109633 | DOI:
Creating National Community

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This chapter, which examines how local practices and traditions are adapted to form a nationwide Sacred Harp community in the United States, analyzes large singing conventions where the norms of different areas can come into subtle conflict with the norms of local singers or of visitors taking precedence at different moments. The analysis reveals that the Midwest and Minnesota conventions are the most self-consciously national in character, where an overarching Sacred Harp community identity is combined together primarily by the travel of the singers.

Keywords: Sacred Harp community; United States; local practices; local traditions; singing conventions; norms; Midwest conventions; Minnesota conventions; singers

Chapter.  11078 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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