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Explaining Tradition: On Folk and Folkloristic Logic

Simon J. Bronner

in Explaining Traditions

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134062
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.003.0003
Explaining Tradition: On Folk and Folkloristic Logic

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This chapter addresses the association of folklore with tradition, particularly in the United States. It points out a tension between structural and post-structural approaches in folklore studies, and suggests a methodology focusing on explanation of cultural practices rather than their vague interpretation.

Keywords: folkloristics; scientific method; methodology; structuralism; post-structuralism; historiography; history of folklore studies

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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