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By Amitai Etzioni

How did Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday turn into a countrywide vacation? Why will we alternate offers on Christmas and Chanukah? What do bunnies need to do with Easter? How did Earth Day turn into a world vacation? those questions and extra are replied during this interesting exploration into the background and which means of vacations and rituals. Edited by means of Amitai Etzioni, some of the most influential social and political thinkers of our time, this assortment presents a compelling evaluate of the effect that vacation trips and rituals have on our family members and communal life.

From neighborhood unity to ethnic kin to non secular traditions, We Are What We Celebrate argues that vacation trips akin to Halloween, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day play a major function in reinforcing, and occasionally redefining, our values as a society. the gathering brings jointly vintage and unique essays that, for the 1st time, provide a complete assessment and research of the $64000 function such celebrations play in conserving an ethical order in addition to in cementing relations bonds, development group family and developing nationwide id. The essays hide such subject matters because the production of Thanksgiving as a countrywide vacation; the significance of vacations for kids; the mainstreaming of Kwanzaa; and the debate over Columbus Day celebrations.

Compelling and sometimes staggering, this examine vacation trips and rituals brings new aspiring to not only the methods we rejoice yet to what these celebrations let us know approximately ourselves and our communities.

participants: Theodore Caplow, Gary pass, Matthew Dennis, Amitai Etzioni, John R. Gillis, Ellen M. Litwicki, Diana Muir, Francesca Polletta, Elizabeth H. Pleck, David E. Proctor, Mary F. Whiteside, and Anna Day Wilde.

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