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Bronner completes folklore books

Revisioning Ritual

Revisioning Ritual


Explaining Traditions

Explaining Traditions


Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore Simon Bronner recently completed two books exploring current developments and philosophies of traditions: “Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture,” which he wrote, and “Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition,” which he edited.

Published by University Press of Kentucky, “Explaining Traditions” discusses why we hold onto tradition, even in an age of mass media. Investigating modern issues, including the appeal of football and the psychology of the Internet, the book asserts the importance of tradition in everyday life.

"[Explaining Traditions] is a landmark study that is distinguished by both its thorough scholarship and its breadth of vision," said William Ferris, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Published by Littman (Oxford, England), “Revisioning Ritual” examines how a changing society has led to new religious traditions – especially in Judaism – arising out of the need for belonging in the community. The series of articles, which has been nominated for the National Jewish Book Award, examines a range of rituals – liturgies, holidays, life-cycle events, and political rallies.