The Culture of Mushrooming
By (author) Gary Alan Fine
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Morel Tales by Gary Alan Fine
Book DescriptionDrawing on the observations of three years spent in the company of dedicated amateur mushroomers and professional mycologists, Gary Alan Fine explores the ways in which Americans attempt to give meaning to the natural world, while providing an eye-opening look inside the cultures they construct around its study and appreciation. A landmark work of environmental sociology, Morel Tales is an engaging and instructive examination of a thriving community, one with its own language, ceremonies, jokes, narratives, rivalries, and social codes. Fine also provides a detailed discussion of the American phenomenon he calls "naturework" - that is, culturally constructing one's own place in the natural environment through communities with shared systems of assigned meaning."Naturework", Fine observes, is something we all do on some level - not only birders, butterfly collectors, rock hounds, hunters, hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts, but all of us who construct community through narrative and nature through culture. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252071317
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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