Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture
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Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture

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For decades scandals about women in the military have persisted, from Tailhook and Aberdeen to reports of sexual assaults and misconduct in the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Army, and, recently, in the U.S. Air Force Academy as well. In this bold and unflinching book, Carol Burke tries to figure out why this keeps happening.

A folklorist who taught as a civilian professor at...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2005 by Beacon Press (first published 2004)
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I wanted to like this book and chose it as a possibility for teaching in my AMST methods grad class because of its use of folklore methodology and I liked the notion of an inside look at military culture. While I agree with the author's basic point that military culture in the US is masculinist, I found that the book was primarily meant as a polemic rather than a rich and nuanced discussion of military culture. While it includes the beginnings of some discussions - like the origins of particular...more
Don't let the awkward title of this book fool you. This is a well-researched account of English-language military folklore in the U.S. The author is an "old-school" folklorist, but I haven't seen this stuff anywhere else. As an account of the culture of the military this rings true. The overall argument, that the military must change its culture to accommodate women is less interesting to me. Neverhteless, Burke has done us a service by putting in print much that the military would rather not pu...more
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