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Author Puglia, David, author.

Title Tradition, urban identity, and the Baltimore "Hon" : the folk in the city / David J. Puglia.

Published Lanham : Lexington Books, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.44097526 PUGL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 173 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in Folklore and Ethnology: traditions, practices, and identities.
Studies in Folklore and Ethnology: traditions, practices, and identities.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-170) and index.
Summary Baltimoreans have garnered a reputation for greeting one another by tagging 'hon' to their speech. In the late 20th and early 21st century, this small piece of local dialect took centre stage in a series of rancorous public debates over the identity associated with Baltimore culture. Each time, controversy followed leading to consequences ranging from protests and boycotts to formal legislative action. 'Hon' brought into focus Baltimore's past and future by symbolizing lingering divisions of race, class, gender, and belonging in the midst of campaigns to unify and modernize the city. While some decried 'hon' and 'the Hon' as embarrassing, others hailed the word and the related image of a down-to-earth, blue-collar woman as emblematic of the authentic Baltimorean. This book tells the story of the battles that flared over the attempts to use 'hon' to construct a citywide local tradition.
Subject Language and culture -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Identity (Psychology) -- Maryland -- Baltimore.
Baltimore (Md.) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 1498551092