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

ISBN-10: 0874216117

ISBN-13: 9780874216110

Edition: 2005

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Living Folklore is 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, interpretive approaches, and fieldwork. Many teachers of undergraduates find the available folklore textbooks too complex or unwieldy for an introductory level course. It is precisely this criticism that Living Folklore addresses; while comprehensive and rigorous, the book is specifically intended to meet the needs of those students who are just beginning their study of the discipline. Its real strength lies in how it combines carefully articulated foundational concepts with relevant examples and a student-oriented teaching philosophy.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 7/30/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

What is folklore?
A working defintion
Scholarly definitions of folklore
Genres of folklore
Defining folklore beyond genre labels: texts and contexts
A brief history of folklore study
What is a folk group?
How folk groups from
Self-identification and group membership
Family, school and occupational groups
School groups
Occupational groups
Example: folklore in the music store
Groups and belief
Example: belief and contemporary legends
What is tradition?
Tradition is both lore and process
Tradition helps to create and confirm a sense of identity
Identified as a tradition by the community
How do people learn and share traditions?
Example: tradition in our daily lives
Do traditions disappear?
Dynamic and conservative elements of tradition
Inventing tradition
The question of authenticity
Example: traditions in folk art
What is ritual?
Low-context and high-context rituals
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
What is performance?
Example: a proverbial performance
The study of performance
Performance texts
Physical context
Social context
Recognizing texts in context: performance markers/framing
Folklore that pushes the boundaries
Example: performance that transcends roles and rules
Critic v. group consensus
The nature of aesthetic response
Personal narrative in performance
Example: A Personal Narrative Emerges
Approaches to interpreting folklore
Psychoanalytic interpretation
Post-structuralist approaches
Feminist interpretations
Reciprocal ethnography
Fieldwork and ethnography
Collecting data: the nuts and bolts of fieldwork
Finding Ideas
Getting started on fieldwork
Developing and asking good questions
Some types of questions
Example: using open-ended questions
Field notes
Example: write-up of 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-observation roles
Rapport: creating and understanding researcher-consultant relationships
Example: complex relationships and responsibilities
Examples of folklore projects
One of the guys (Joe Ringler)
Gay rituals: outing, biking, and sewing (Mickey Weems)
Roadside memorials: material focus of love, devotion, and remembrance (Gary E. A. Saum)
The art of gunsmithing in central Ohio: Heritage Gunsmiths, Inc. (Kevin Eyster)
Suggestions for activities and projects
Group and classroom activities
Personal reflection
Library research
Fieldwork projects
Integrated projects-bringing it all together
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