Playing Dead: Mock Trauma and Folk Drama in Staged High School Drunk-Driving Tragedies (Hardcover)

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Montana Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, where she teaches courses in ethnographic methods, folklore, youth culture, medical anthropology, and Internet culture. A professional flying trapeze artist, high diver, and skydiver, she researches perceptions of risk and attitudes toward death, particularly among groups that are often stereotyped and misunderstood.

As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a “victim” of drunk driving in a program called “Every 15 Minutes,” Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist’s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often, the event is complete with a staged accident in the parking lot, a life-flight helicopter, and faux eulogies for the “dead” students read in school assemblies. Grounding her research in play theory, frame theory, and theory of folk drama, Miller investigates key aspects of this emergent tradition, paying particular attention to its unplanned elements—enabled by the performance’s spontaneous nature and the participants’ tendency to stray from the intended frame. Miller examines such variations in terms of the program as a whole, analyzing its continued popularity and weighing its success as perceived by participants. Her fieldwork reveals a surprising aspect of Every 15 Minutes that typical studies of ritual do not include: It can be fun. Playing Dead is volume two of the series Ritual, Festival, and Celebration, edited by Jack Santino.

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ISBN 9780874218916
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
Format Hardcover
Pages 148
Publisher Date 2012-10-20 00:00:00.0
Publisher Utah State Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.9 lb
Language English
Subtitle Mock Trauma and Folk Drama in Staged High School Drunk-Driving Tragedies
Series Name Ritual, Festival, and Celebration
Series Volume Number 2
Audience College/higher education
Authors Miller, Montana
Country of Origin United States
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