Warrior Ways
Eric A. Eliason and
Tad Tuleja eds.
6x9, 299 pages

Published: 2012

ISBN 978-0-87421-903-6
paper $31.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-904-3
e-book $25.95

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Eric A. Eliason served as chaplain for the 1st Battalion 19th Special Forces of the Utah Army National Guard, and is a professor of folklore and literature at Brigham Young University.


The son of a U.S. naval officer. Tad Tuleja is a folklorist, anthropologist, and teacher of writing at American University, who has taught and published widely on war and culture.

Warrior Ways

Explorations in Modern Military Folklore

Eric A. Eliason and Tad Tuleja eds.

Also by Tad Tuleja- Usable Pasts

Book Review The Journal of America's Military Past (pdf) Fall / 2013 / Tom Phillips

Members of military organizations, like members of other occupational folk groups, are enculturated into characteristic behavior patterns that identify them as group members, create solidarity, and help them manage stress. Warrior Ways is one of the first book-length explorations of military folklife, focusing on the lore of modern American warriors and illuminating the ways in which members of the armed services creatively express the complex experience of military life.

In these short, lively essays, contributors to the volume—all of whom have close personal or professional relationships with the military—examine battlefield talismans, personal narratives, "Jody calls" (marching and running cadences), slang, homophobia and transgressive humor, music, and photography, among other cultural expressions.

Highlighting the contemporary and historical importance of the military in American life, Warrior Ways will be of interest to scholars and students of folklore, anthropology, sociology, and popular culture; those involved in veteran services and education; and general readers interested in military culture.