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Warrior Ways

Explorations in Modern Military Folklore

edited by Eric A. Eliason and Tad Tuleja

Paperback Price $13.95
Ebook Price $27.95

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"Readers should regard this book as offering a smorgasbord of information, ideas and opinions. . . . a perfect recipe for good reading."

The Journal of America’s Military Past

"Warrior Ways is a worthwhile read for any one interested in military culture and/or folklore studies."


Members of military organizations, like members of other occupational folk groups, are enculturated into characteristic behavior patterns that identify them as group members, create solidarity, and help them manage stress. Warrior Ways is one of the first book-length explorations of military folklife, focusing on the lore of modern American warriors and illuminating the ways in which members of the armed services creatively express the complex experience of military life.

In these short, lively essays, contributors to the volume—all of whom have close personal or professional relationships with the military—examine battlefield talismans, personal narratives, "Jody calls" (marching and running cadences), slang, homophobia and transgressive humor, music, and photography, among other cultural expressions.

Highlighting the contemporary and historical importance of the military in American life, Warrior Ways will be of interest to scholars and students of folklore, anthropology, sociology, and popular culture; those involved in veteran services and education; and general readers interested in military culture.

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Eric A. Eliason served as chaplain for the 1st Battalion 19th Special Forces of the Utah Army National Guard, and is a professor of folklore and literature at Brigham Young University.

The son of a US naval officer, Tad Tuleja is a folklorist and freelance writer whose more than thirty books include Different Drummers: Military Culture and Its Discontents American History in 100 Nutshells, The New York Public Library Book of Popular Americana, and Usable Pasts: Traditions and Group Expressions in North America. He collaborated with Eric A. Eliason on Warrior Ways: Explorations in Modern Military Folklore and with Ronald Fry on Hammerhead Six, the story of Fry’s Special Forces deployment in Afghanistan. He is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant for his war song cycle “Skein of Arms” and the author of the essay “Brotherhood of the Sea,” which appears in War, Literature, and the Arts.

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  • Paperback Price: $13.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-903-6
  • Ebook Price: $27.95
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-904-3
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Pages: 299
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Eric A. Eliason and Tad Tuleja
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