Noodlers in Missouri

Noodlers in Missouri

Fishing for Identity in A Rural Subculture

Paperback - 2012
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In this inside look at the folk tradition of hand-fishing, Mary Grigsby interviews thirty Missouri noodlers to examine this sport's appeal. The skill of catching spawning catfish with the bare hands is passed down through generations and builds a sense of community among participants despite -- or perhaps because of -- its illegality. Grigsby explores how the mostly rural, working-class noodlers create a sense of individual worth and a collective identity as they hold on to a way of life they fear may become lost. To add perspective to this male-dominated activity, she includes women's accounts of their involvement in these traditional practices. Giving voice to the noodlers themselves, Grigsby provides a fascinating view of Missouri's hand-fishing community.
Published: Kirksville, Mo. : Truman State University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781612480619
Branch Call Number: 639.2097 GRI
Characteristics: 164 p. ;,22 cm.


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