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Explaining TraditionsFolk Behavior in Modern Culture$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134062

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.001.0001

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Explaining Tradition: On Folk and Folkloristic Logic

Explaining Tradition: On Folk and Folkloristic Logic

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Explaining Traditions

Simon J. Bronner

University Press of Kentucky

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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