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

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The chapter on tradition (for example) introduces the concept and proceeds from this base by exploring Dorothy Noyes' critique of the concept of "tradition bearers" (70-71), Barre Toelken's concept of conservative and dynamic forces and the evolution of traditions (76-82), and Jay Mechling's work with Boy Scout culture in a discussion of authenticity and the invention of tradition (83-84). When, however, the chapter moves to poststructuralist approaches (feminism, reciprocal ethnography, intersectionality) , it does not critique their drawbacks or present challenges to them that have been offered in print by folklorists, in effect creating a straw-man argument that privileges poststructuralist approaches and occludes any opportunity to explore ways that folklore scholars have refined and reconsidered our most current theoretical models.

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