Living Folklore An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions

ISBN-10: 0874218446
ISBN-13: 9780874218442
Edition: 2nd (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

This revised edition incorporates new examples, research, and theory along with added discussion of digital and online folklore.Living Folkloreis a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to folklore as it is lived, shared and practiced in contemporary settings. Drawing on examples from diverse American groups and experiences, this text gives the student a strong foundation—from the field's history and major terms to theories and interpretive approaches.Living Folkloremoves beyond genres and classifications, and encourages students who are new to the field to see the study of folklore as a unique approach to understanding people, communities, and day-to-day artistic communication.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Folklore
What is Folklore?
A Working Definition
Scholarly Definitions of Folklore
Genres of Folklore
Defining Folklore Beyond Genre Labels: Texts and Contexts
A Brief History of Folklore Study
Conclusion
Groups
What is a Folk Group?
Definitions
How Folk Groups Form
Self-Identification and Group Membership
Family, School, and Occupational Groups
Family
School Groups
Occupational Groups
Example: Folklore in Bounded Spaces
Groups and Belief
Example: Belief and Contemporary Legends
Conclusion
Tradition
What is Tradition?
Tradition is Both Lore and Process
Tradition Helps to Create and Confirm a Sense of Identity
Tradition is Identified as Tradition by the Community
How do People Learn and Share Traditions?
Do Traditions Disappear?
Dynamic and Conservative Elements of Tradition
Inventing Tradition
The Question of Authenticity
Example: Traditions in Folk Art
Conclusion
Ritual
What is Ritual?
Low-Context and High-Context Rituals102
Invented Ritual
The Question of Belief in Sacred and Secular Rituals
Liminality and Ritual Space
Types of Rituals
Rites of Passage
Coming-of-Age Rituals
Initiation Rituals
Naming Rituals
Example: Rituals and Private and Public Identity
Conclusion
Performance
What is Performance?
Example: A Proverbial Performance
The Study of Performance
Performance Texts
Texture
Context
Physical Context
Social Context
Recognizing Texts in Context: Performance Markers and Framing
Reflexivity
Emergence
Folklore That Pushes the Boundaries
Aesthetics
Critic versus Group Consensus
Traditionality
Skill
Practicality
The Nature of Aesthetic Response
Personal Narrative in Performance
Example: A Personal Narrative Emerges
Conclusion
Approaches to Interpreting Folklore
Functions: Purposes, Roles, and Meanings
Example: Multiple Meanings in Context
Structure: Patterns, Themes, and Formal Relationships
Psychoanalytic Interpretations: Symbols and Metaphors
Social Dimensions: Texts and Performances in Complex Contexts
Conclusion
Fieldwork and Ethnography
Collecting Data: The Nuts and Bolts of Fieldwork
Finding Ideas
Getting Started on Fieldwork
Developing and Asking Good Questions
Field Notes
Transcribing and Transcripts
Returning from the Field: Follow-up Research
The People Factor: Interpersonal and Ethical Concerns
Insider and Outsider Roles
Observation and Participant-Observer Roles
Rapport: Creating and Understanding Researcher-Consultant Relationships
Ethics
Reciprocal Ethnography
Example: Giving up the Last Word
Conclusion
Examples of Folklore Projects
One of the Guys
Gay Rituals: Outing, Biking, and Sewing
Roadside Memorials: Material Focus of Love, Devotion, and Remembrance
"Down on Main Street": The 152nd Beilville Street Fair and Homecoming
Food for Thought: Power and Food in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Hookah Folk: Understanding Hookah Smokers as a Folk Group
Suggestions for Activities and Projects
Group and Classroom Activities
Personal Reflection
Library Research
Fieldwork Projects
Integrated Projects-Bringing It All Together
Traditional Behavior
Changes in Groups and Traditions
Verbal Expressions
Legend Trips
Foodways
Notes
References
Index

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