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The Practice of Folklore: Essays toward a Theory of Tradition

Simon J. Bronner


This book proposes to answer the pressing philosophical as well as psychological question of why people repeat themselves. It redefines folklore as traditional knowledge that serves this need in human lives and develops a "practice theory" around this idea. Practice, more than other suggested keywords of performance or enactment in social theory, connects localized culture with the vernacular idea that "this is the way we do things around here." The term invites study of what people do repeatedly to understand what they have in "mind." Demonstrating the application of this theory in folklorist ... More

Keywords: Folklife, Folklore, Tradition, Practice Theory, Belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496822628
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. Bronner, author
Missouri University of Science and Technology