Cultural appropriation and the crafting of racialized selves in American youth organizations: Toward an ethnographic approach

Pauline Turner Strong

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    This article considers three moments in the history of Camp Fire, the first American multiracial organization for girls: (1) the foundation of the organization in the 1910s through the 1930s by progressive reformers heavily influenced by ethnological scholarship on Native American rituals and symbolism; (2) the transformation of the organization into a coeducational organization in the 1970s; and (3) current efforts in the organization, now known as Camp Fire USA, to bring its activities more in line with contemporary multiculturalism while retaining its "Indiang" traditions as the organization's heritage. These three historical moments are explored through a combination of archival research, interviews, and participant-observation. As a case study, the history of Camp Fire offers the opportunity to (1) deepen our knowledge of the American tradition of "playing Indian" and (2) track changes and continuities in the relationship among race, culture, gender, and sexuality in U.S. informal education.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)197-213
    Number of pages17
    JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2009

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    tradition
    history
    youth organization
    symbolism
    multicultural society
    participant observation
    playing
    religious behavior
    sexuality
    continuity
    scholarship
    indigenous peoples
    Indian
    girl
    race
    foundation
    transformation
    culture
    case study

    Keywords

    • Cultural appropriation
    • Hybrid traditions
    • Playing Indian
    • Racial mimesis
    • Whiteness

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    • Cultural Studies

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    Cultural appropriation and the crafting of racialized selves in American youth organizations : Toward an ethnographic approach. / Strong, Pauline Turner.

    In: Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009, p. 197-213.

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    Strong, Pauline Turner / Cultural appropriation and the crafting of racialized selves in American youth organizations : Toward an ethnographic approach.

    In: Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009, p. 197-213.

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