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Humble theory : folklore's grasp on social life

Author: Dorothy Noyes
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Celebrated folklorist, Dorothy Noyes, offers an unforgettable glimpse of her craft and the many ways it matters. Folklore is the dirty linen of modernity, carrying the traces of working bodies and the worlds they live in. It is necessary but embarrassing, not easily blanched and made respectable for public view, although sometimes this display is deemed useful. The place of folklore studies among modern academic  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Noyes, Dorothy.
Humble theory.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016032583
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Noyes
ISBN: 9780253022912 0253022916 9780253023148 0253023149
OCLC Number: 953617653
Description: vii, 459 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Humble theory --
Group --
The social base of folklore --
Tradition : three traditions --
Aesthetic is the opposite of anaesthetic : on tradition and attention --
Voice in the provinces : submission, recognition, and the birth of heritage in lower Languedoc --
The work of redemption : folk voice in the myth of industrial development --
Festival pasts and futures in Catalonia --
Hardscrabble academies : toward a social economy of vernacular invention --
Cultural warming? : Brazil in Berlin --
Fairy-tale economics : scarcity, risk, choice --
On sociocultural categories --
The judgment of Solomon : global protections for tradition and the problem of community ownership --
Heritage, legacy, zombie : how to bury the undead past --
Compromised concepts in rising waters : making the folk resilient.
Responsibility: Dorothy Noyes.

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"Celebrated folklorist, Dorothy Noyes, offers an unforgettable glimpse of her craft and the many ways it matters. Folklore is the dirty linen of modernity, carrying the traces of working bodies and the worlds they live in. It is necessary but embarrassing, not easily blanched and made respectable for public view, although sometimes this display is deemed useful. The place of folklore studies among modern academic disciplines has accordingly been marginal and precarious, yet folklore studies are foundational and persistent. Long engaged with all that escapes the gaze of grand theory and grand narratives, folklorists have followed the lead of the people whose practices they study. They attend to local economies of meaning; they examine the challenge of making room for maneuver within circumstances one does not control. Incisive and wide ranging, the fifteen essays in this book chronicle the "humble theory" of both folk and folklorist as interacting perspectives on social life in the modern Western world"--The publisher.

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Tying folklore to larger trends in Western cultural thought, leaving behind narrow concerns with genre or fossilized expressive forms, Humble Theory showcases the potential of folkloristics to Read more...

 
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