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Carnival and Spectacle in Krewe de Vieux and the Mystic Krewe of Spermes: The Mingling o Organization and Celebration
Código: WPE – 061
Michael J. Zyphur
David M. Boje
An ethnographic study of the Mystic Krewe of Spermes, which does float construction and a parade that occurs two Saturdays before the New Orleans Mardis Gras, compared spectacular and carnivalesque elements of the organization in its preparation for and enactme nt of its annual parade. It shows that both system- maintaining spectacular theatrics and system-challenging carnivalesque protest govern the event, which at once leads to opposition and tension, and acceptance and renewal within the context of the krewe and its local audience. Implications for critical organization studies are given, and within the context of the recent destruction of New Orleans, a brief discussion of the importance of the Krewe as an indigenous organizational form is provided.