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Minnesota Queen Pageants: Play, Fun, and Dead Seriousness in a Festive Mode

Robert H. Lavenda
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 101, No. 400 (Apr. - Jun., 1988), pp. 168-175
DOI: 10.2307/540107
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/540107
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Minnesota Queen Pageants: Play, Fun, and Dead Seriousness in a Festive Mode
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Abstract

While small-town queen pageants bear a family resemblance to mass-media pageants, there are significant differences. Small-town pageants are about social class, achievement, community values, and femininity in a small-town context, and they are training for the social positions toward which many of the candidates aspire. Though couched in terms of play, they are deadly serious.

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