Folklore, Public Sphere, and Civil Society
M. D. Muthukumaraswamy, Molly Kaushal
NFSC www.indianfolklore.org, 2004 - Folklore - 317 pages
Concept and definitions -- Historical spaces, folklore and public spheres -- Physical spaces as public spheres in civil society -- Performative folk traditions as public spheres -- Oral and other folk traditions as public spheres -- Contemporary forms, shifting contexts and transmission
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A very carefully and provocatively argued collection of articles, on an important set of topics that have not received due attention in folklore research. As far as I'm aware, this is the only book that critically examines the role of folklore in the public sphere and civil society (notwithstanding a couple of volumes on "public folklore," which have less ambitious theoretical aims). This may also be the only book on civil society and the public sphere that takes due note of folklore, which has arguably played just as potent a role in modern social communication.
Thisis a heavvly opinionated and boased presentation of floklore. Interpretations are quite immature and away from ground reality.
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