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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
Published by: American Folklore Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/540107
Page Count: 8
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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.
The Journal of American Folklore © 1988 American Folklore Society