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Overthrowing the Queen

Telling Stories of Welfare in America

by Tom Mould

Published by: Indiana University Press

In 1976, Ronald Reagan hit the campaign trail with an extraordinary account of a woman committing massive welfare fraud. The story caught fire and a devastating symbol of the misuse government programs was born: the Welfare Queen. Overthrowing the Queen examines these legends of fraud and abuse while bringing to light personal stories of hardship and hope told by cashiers, bus drivers, and business owners; politicians and aid providers; and, most important, aid recipients themselves. Together these stories reveal how the seemingly innocent act of storytelling can create not only powerful stereotypes that shape public policy, but also redemptive counter-narratives that offer hope of a more accurate, fair, and empathetic view of poverty in America today. Overthrowing the Queen tackles perceptions of welfare recipients while proposing new approaches to the study of oral narrative that extend far beyond the study of welfare, poverty, and social justice.

Folklore in the United States and Canada

An Institutional History

Edited by Patricia Sawin and Rosemary Levy Zumwalt

Published by: Indiana University Press

To ensure continuity and foster innovation within the discipline of folklore, we must know what came before. Folklore in the United States and Canada is an essential guide to the history and development of graduate folklore programs throughout the United States and Canada. As the first history of folklore studies since the mid-1980s, this book offers a long overdue look into the development of the earliest programs and the novel directions of more recent programs. The volume is encyclopedic in its coverage and is organized chronologically based on the approximate founding date of each program. Drawing extensively on archival sources, oral histories, and personal experience, the contributors explore the key individuals and central events in folklore programs at US and Canadian academic institutions and demonstrate how these programs have been shaped within broader cultural and historical contexts. Revealing the origins of graduate folklore programs, as well as their accomplishments, challenges, and connections, Folklore in the United States and Canada is an essential read for all folklorists and those who are studying to become folklorists.

Journals

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The Journal of Folklore Research, provides an international forum for current theory and research among scholars of traditional cultures. Each issue includes articles of theoretical interest to folklore and ethnomusicology as international disciplines, as well as essays that address the fieldwork experience and the intellectual history of folklore. Contributors include scholars and professionals in such additional fields as anthropology, area studies, communication, cultural studies, history, linguistics, literature, performance studies, religion, and semiotics.

Open Access Journals from Scholar Works

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Anthropology of East Europe Review is a biannual open-access journal of scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia. Its mission is to showcase fresh, up-to-date research and to help build a community of scholars who focus on the region.

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Museum Anthropology Review is a peer-reviewed journal committed to the advancement of museum and material culture studies. Working at the intersection of museum anthropology, museum ethnology, and museum-based folklore studies, MAR also publishes work in adjacent disciplines concerned with material culture and museums, including vernacular architecture studies, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, religious studies, museum studies, cultural history, non-western art history, and ethnomusicology. Founded to pioneer new approaches to scholarly communication and to ensure that research subjects and source communities have access to scholarly work that is of special concern to them, MAR is an open access journal that does not charge fees to either authors or readers. While primarily publishing in English, MAR aims to contribute to, and bridge, diverse global traditions of work in its fields, thus the editorial team and publisher endeavor, when possible, to publish in other languages as well.

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