Putting Folklore to Use

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Michael Owen Jones
University Press of Kentucky, 1994 - Social Science - 264 pages
How can acting like a folklore fieldworker help a teacher reduce intergroup stereotyping and increase students' self-esteem? How can adopting a folklore fieldworker's point of view when interviewing patients help practitioners render health care more effectively? How can using folklore research help rural communities survive and thrive? Thirteen folklorists provide answers to these and other questions and demonstrate the many ways folklore can be put to use. Their essays, commissioned for this volume and edited by Michael Owen Jones, apply the methods and insights of modern folklore research to thirteen different professions and areas of practical concern.
The authors, all of whom have themselves put folklore to use in the fields they describe, consider applications in detail and explain how folkloristic concepts and techniques can enhance the work of various professions. Their essays explore applications in such areas as museums, aiding the homeless, environmental planning, art therapy, designing public spaces, organization development, tourism, the public sector, aging, and creating an occupation's image.
The first book of its kind, Putting Folklore to Use provides guidance to folklorists but also informs practitioners in other fields about how to use folklore studies to augment their own studies.

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Contents

Part I
43
Issues and Applications
62
The Use of Narratives in Diagnosis
76
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About the author (1994)

Jones is Professor of Folklore, History, and World Arts and Cultures, and Chair of the Folklore and Mythology Program at UCLA.

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