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by Chaise LaDousa

It’s no secret that fun is important to American college students, but it is unusual for scholars to pay attention to how undergraduates represent and reflect on their partying. Linguist and anthropologist Chaise LaDousa explores the visual manifestations of collegiate fun in a Midwestern college town where house signs on off-campus student residences are a focal point of college culture. With names like Boot 'N Rally, The Plantation, and Crib of the Rib, house signs reproduce consequential categories of gender, sexuality, race, and faith in a medium students say is benign. Through his analysis of house signs and what students say about them, LaDousa introduces the reader to key concepts and approaches in cultural analysis.

Download House Signs and Collegiate Fun: Sex, Race, and Faith in a College Town epub
ISBN: 0253223261
ISBN13: 978-0253223265
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Author: Chaise LaDousa
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 24, 2011)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1748 kb
FB2 size: 1492 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 701
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Ladousa's analysis of the community of practice in Oxford, Ohio should be a staple in undergraduate anthropology programs. There are so many things going on in the cultural phenomenon of house signs that this book can be used for manifold anthropological and even sociological foci including but not limited to youth culture, ethnography, cultural reproduction, education, linguistics and obviously sex, race and faith. At my school there are at least two or three different courses that cover this book, none of which are wrong in doing so. Ladousa's work is thorough yet far from lofty, allowing readers to get a full scope of the happenings in Miami of Ohio's off campus student neighborhood. Also since the book is about undergraduate notions of fun, it can be an entertaining read for the right undergraduate audience, allowing greater accessibility to the material Ladousa is presenting in his work.
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House Signs is a highly readable ethnography well suited to use in undergraduate anthropology courses which want to introduce the discipline itself, or which deal with the specific issues taken on in this book.

LaDousa's presents his conclusions with ample supporting evidence from transcribed interviews. The given interviews themselves contain far more talk from the interviewees than from the interviewers. By conducting the interviews in this way, and allowing his conclusions to flow from what his subjects actually say, LaDousa exhibits the academic virtue of arriving at judgments based on evidence rather than preexisting theory.

The result of this good research is a nuanced description of student life at Miami (OH) that exposes some inconsistencies and prejudices in the student body, but which avoids the easy generalizations of youth as lazy or of college students as sex-obsessed. Such careful loyalty to evidence makes House Signs a fine example of good research for those learning about research the social sciences, or those learning about gender relations, college life, or youth culture. This applies as much to the general public as it does to college students.
LaDousa's study on house signs in Oxford, OH is, simply put, a whole lot of fun. In the midst of serious academic analysis, LaDousa finds a way to insert moments of hilarity - often through the transcribed conversations with college students. His insistence on accurately transcribing the conversations down to details of pauses and interruptions only serves to bolster the humor and, more importantly, the strength of analysis that emerges. I would be hard-pressed to nominate a "serious" book that has as much fun as this book does in tangling with the thorny issues of sex, faith, race, and collegiate party life.
"House Signs" is an interesting look into the minds of college students with aspects of their culture and how they use semantics to establish identity regarding their roles in the college setting and society at large. The book divides the subject matter into various themes which are easy to follow... and it's written with intelligence and wit; it's an academic topic, written with a style that will keep you intrigued till the end.