Playing dead: mock trauma and folk drama in staged high school drunk-driving tragedies

dc.contributor.authorMiller, Montana, author
dc.contributor.authorUtah State University Press, publisher
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references and index.
dc.description.abstractAs the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a "victim" of drunk driving in a program called "Every 15 Minutes," Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist's lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often, the event is complete with a staged accident in the parking lot, a life-flight helicopter, and faux eulogies for the "dead" students read in school assemblies.
dc.description.tableofcontentsEvery 15 minutes someone dies -- Backdrop for the scene -- Marked for death: ambiguity and slippery steps in frames of play -- Engrossed out: every 15 minutes as folk drama -- The dazzle and darkness of play -- Shattering frames: the crash through YouTube's window -- Rustles in the gallery.
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dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofRitual, Festival, and Celebration; v. 2
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dc.subject.lcshFolklore -- Performance
dc.subject.lcshFolk drama
dc.subject.lcshHigh school students -- Psychology
dc.subject.lcshDeath -- Social aspects
dc.titlePlaying dead: mock trauma and folk drama in staged high school drunk-driving tragedies
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