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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers$
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Laura Clawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226109589

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.001.0001

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Creating National Community

Creating National Community

(p.116) Five Creating National Community
I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which examines how local practices and traditions are adapted to form a nationwide Sacred Harp community in the United States, analyzes large singing conventions where the norms of different areas can come into subtle conflict with the norms of local singers or of visitors taking precedence at different moments. The analysis reveals that the Midwest and Minnesota conventions are the most self-consciously national in character, where an overarching Sacred Harp community identity is combined together primarily by the travel of the singers.

Keywords:   Sacred Harp community, United States, local practices, local traditions, singing conventions, norms, Midwest conventions, Minnesota conventions, singers

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