Tradition in the Twenty-First Century

Tradition in the Twenty-First Century

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In Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, eight diverse contributors explore the role of tradition in contemporary folkloristics. For more than a century, folklorists have been interested in locating sources of tradition and accounting for the conceptual boundaries of tradition, but in the modern era, expanded means of communication, research, and travel, along with globalized cultural and economic interdependence, have complicated these pursuits. Tradition is thoroughly embedded in both modern life and at the center of folklore studies, and a modern understanding of tradition cannot be fully realized without a thoughtful consideration of the pasta€™s role in shaping the present. Emphasizing how tradition adapts, survives, thrives, and either mutates or remains stable in todaya€™s modern world, the contributors pay specific attention to how traditions now resist or expedite dissemination and adoption by individuals and communities. This complex and intimate portrayal of tradition in the twenty-first century offers a comprehensive overview of the folkloristic and popular conceptualizations of tradition from the past to present and presents a thoughtful assessment and projection of how a€œtraditiona€ will fare in years to come. The book will be useful to advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in folklore and will contribute significantly to the scholarly literature on tradition within the folklore discipline. Additional Contributors: Simon Bronner, Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Merrill Kaplan, Lynne S. McNeill, Elliott Oring, Casey R. Schmitt, and Tok ThompsonHe opens his essay thusly: Every reflection on tradition must begin with the assertion that before transmitting anything else, human beings must first ... ( Agamben 2000, 104; italics in the original) We may be tempted to leave it at that, secure in an obvious alliance between ... due to his own health problems, and I inherited his car, a white Buick LeSabre he purchased for my grandmother two decades ago.

Title:Tradition in the Twenty-First Century
Author:Trevor J. Blank, Robert Glenn Howard
Publisher:University Press of Colorado - 2013-05-15


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