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Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture

Simon J. Bronner


This book discusses the underlying reasons for the continuing popularity of traditions, delving into their social and psychological roles in everyday life. The book argues that despite intellectual and political movements to dismiss tradition as a force in social life, the concept has persisted and remained important to people in the formation of modern culture and folklore. The book points to the functions of traditions as cultural expressions connecting the past and the present, and engaging and adapting practices as symbolic projections of anxieties, hopes, and aspirations. Traditions that ... More

Keywords: folklore, folklife, ethnography, tradition, modernity, practice theory, psychoanalytic approach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813134062
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. Bronner, author