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Studies in Symbolic Interaction

ISSN: 0163-2396
Series editor(s): Professor Norman Denzin

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Subculture and myth: the case of Robert Johnson in the 1920s–1930s US South

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Title:Subculture and myth: the case of Robert Johnson in the 1920s–1930s US South
Author(s):William F. Danaher
Volume:35 Editor(s): Norman K. Denzin ISBN: 978-0-85724-361-4 eISBN: 978-0-85724-362-1
Citation:William F. Danaher (2010), Subculture and myth: the case of Robert Johnson in the 1920s–1930s US South, in Norman K. Denzin (ed.) 35 (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Volume 35), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.285-307
DOI:10.1108/S0163-2396(2010)0000035019 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This paper focuses on the role of myth in group identity maintenance. It begins by looking at the occupational group, but broadens to show how subsociety and the larger society affected the group's identity and actions. Mississippi Delta blues performers’ use of myth serves as the historical example, and this analysis shows how the group reacted to living in a segregated and racist society. Analysis of songs demonstrates how myth can play a role in tying together this subordinated group in society and perpetuate myth. How the blues subculture still employs these myths today is also addressed.

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