Run For The Wall: Remembering Vietnam on a Motorcycle Pilgrimage

Author:   Raymond J. Michalowski ,  Jill Dubisch
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
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9780813529288


Pages:   312
Publication Date:   31 July 2001
Format:   Paperback
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Run For The Wall: Remembering Vietnam on a Motorcycle Pilgrimage


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Every May, for more than a decade, an ever-increasing number of motorcyclists have made the Run for the Wall, a cross-country journcy from Southern California to the Wall, the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C. While the journey's avowed purpose is political - to increase public awareness about those who remain either prisoners of war or missing in action in Southeast Asia - It also serves as a healing pilgrimage for its participants and as a welcome home ritual many veterans feel they never received. Run for the Wall is a highly readable ethnographic account of this remarkable American ritual. The authors, themselves motorcyclists as well as Run participants, demonstrate that the event is a form of secular pilgrimage. Here key concepts in American culture - freedom, and brotherhood, for example - are constructed and deployed in a variety of rituals and symbols to enable participants to come to terms with the consequences of the Vietnam War. While the focus is the journey itself, the book also explores other themes related to American culture and history, including the nature of community, the Vietnam War, and the creation of American secular ritual. In moving, first-hand accounts, the book tells how participation in the POW-MIA social movement helps individuals find personal and collective meaning in America's longest and most divisive conflict. Above all, this is a story of a uniquely American form of political action, ritual, pilgrimage, and the social construction of memory.

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Author:   Raymond J. Michalowski ,  Jill Dubisch
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
Imprint:   Rutgers University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.513kg
ISBN:  

9780813529288


ISBN 10:   081352928
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   31 July 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Although we have chosen to write about the Run for the Wall from our porspoctives as social analysis, our interest in the Run is not merely intellectual.... Because our participation was so deep, and so personally meaningful, we hope to tell our story with a fundamental respect for all those who have ridden across the country in one another's company with the purpose of remembering - in many different ways - what the Vietnam War did to us and for us as people, and as a nation. - from Run for the Wall


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Raymond Michalowski is a sociologist and the chair of the department of criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Order law and Crime, and Radical Criminology: Critical Perspectives on Crime, Power, and Identity. Jill Dubisch is Regents' Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender, and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine.

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