Putting Folklore to Use

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Michael Owen Jones
University Press of Kentucky, Feb 22, 1994 - Social Science - 264 pages

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. How can acting like a folklore fieldworker help a teacher reduce inter-group stereotyping and increase student's 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. They 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.

In an extensive introduction to the volume, Jones provides an overview of applied folkloristics that defines the field, surveys its history in the United States, and scrutinizes its basic issues and premises. Part I of the book shows how to promote learning, problem solving, and cultural conservation through folklore and its study. Part II deals with folklorists helping to improve the quality of life. Part III reveals folklore's role in enhancing identity and community.

 

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Contents

Promoting Learning Problem Solving and Cultural Conservation
43
Issues and Applications
62
The Use of Narratives in Diagnosis
76
Folklife Cultural Conservation and Environmental
94
Folklore and MedicineDAVID J HUFFORD
117
Democratizing Art TherapyKRISTIN G CONGDON
136
Designing Public Spaces for Peoples Symbolic Uses
150
A Folklorists Approach to Organizational Behavior OB
162
A Role for Folklore
187
An Assessment of Work in Public Sector
201
Promoting SelfWorth among the AgingDAVID SHULDINER
214
Reflecting and Creating an Occupations Image
226
Folklore
240
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
251
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Michael Owen Jones is professor of folklore and history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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