Title page for ETD etd-11152010-092521

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McKernan, Joseph Jerome
Author's Email Address jmcker2@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-11152010-092521
Title Acadiana and the Cajun Cultural Landscape: Adaptation, Accommodation, Authenticity
Degree Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (M.A.L.A.)
Department Liberal Arts (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Clark, William A . Committee Chair
Mulcahy, Kevin V. Committee Member
Foster, Gaines Committee Member
  • Louisiana
  • Cajun
  • Acadian
Date of Defense 2010-05-07
Availability unrestricted
The following points are important for this discussion of Acadiana and the Cajun Cultural Landscape: First, in order to fully understand the Cajun nature and what makes the Cajuns distinct, we must explore their history from the time they arrived on the shores of North America to the present. Without doing this, we cannot truly understand their way of life and where it came from; Second, what and where is Acadiana--the Cajun homeland--and what are its socioeconomic and demographic characteristics; Third, how have folk culture and celebration of heritage mediated Cajun culture; Fourth, why are these traditions manifested in what are primarily familial and customary rituals with a special importance given to a large number of local festivals; Fifth, what is the viability of Cajun culture and Acadiana as a cultural sub-region.
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