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dc.contributor Trichur, Raghuraman en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Bishop, Joyce M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Murray, Amanda Nicole
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-12T23:07:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-12T23:07:42Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-12
dc.date.submitted 2017-11-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/198849
dc.description Thesis (M.A., Anthropology)--California State University, Sacramento, 2017. en_US
dc.description.abstract The study of supernatural belief has been a constant in the fields of both folkloristics and anthropology but has rarely been addressed in a modern, Western setting.This lack of attention can be ascribed to many social and academic factors, not the least of which is the general attitude of disdain many hold toward the study of supernatural belief in our own society. Ghost tours—tourist attractions which center around houses, buildings, and neighborhoods that are reputed to be haunted—represent one way in which such continuing belief in the supernatural can be examined. This project, based on the observation and participation in several ghost tours throughout Northern California and Western Nevada in 2015, examines how ghost tours employ legend reenactment in order to create a sense of place among tour goers. The legend narratives these tours present are constructed by ghost tour guides from research, personal experience, and the experiences of previous tour participants. It was found that in the course of a ghost tour participants are often called upon to participate in the performance of legends about the places being visited. Such acts of “performing place” are a means in which haunted places are continuously imbued with supernatural meaning both by and for their visitors. The popularity of these performances is a testament to the persistence of supernatural belief among modern Americans despite academic assumptions that such beliefs are remnants of an ignorant past. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Legend reenactment en_US
dc.subject Ghost tours en_US
dc.subject Legend triops en_US
dc.subject Folklore en_US
dc.subject Cultural anthropology en_US
dc.title The creation and maintenance of meaning in the performance of place en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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