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


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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