Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

James M. Wilce

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Building on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive historical evidence, Crying Shame analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent. Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context. Draws on the author's extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon. Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity. An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages274
ISBN (Print)9781405169929
StatePublished - Mar 2 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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