Children's Folklore: A Source Book

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A collection of orginal essays by scholars from a variety of fields— includng American studies, folklore, anthropology, pyschology, sociology, and education—-Children's Folklore: A Source Book moves beyond traditional social-science views of child development. It reveals the complexity and artistry of interactions among children, challenging stereotypes of simple childhood innocence and conventional explanations of development that privilege sober and sensible adult outcomes. Instead, the play and lore of children is shown to be often disruptive, wayward, and irrational.

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A collection of original essays that challenges the stereotypical view of the simple and innocent nature of children's culture, and reveals the complex and artistic interactions among children. Based on the research of scholars from fields including American studies, anthropology, education, folklore, psychology, and sociology, the volume redefines the expressive behaviors of children. The essays are arranged in four major sections: history, methodology, genres, and setting, with a concluding chapter on theory. Extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874212808
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,240,211
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Children's Folklore? 3
Ch. I Who Are the Folklorists of Childhood? 11
Overview: History of Children's Folklore 19
Ch. 2 The Complexity of Children's Folklore 23
Ch. 3 The Transmission of Children's Folklore 49
Overview: Methods in Children's Folklore 63
Ch. 4 Double Dutch and Double Cameras: Studying the Transmission of Culture in an Urban School Yard 75
Ch. 5 Children's Games and Gaming 93
Ch. 6 Methodological Problems of Collecting Folklore from Children 121
Overview: Children's Folklore Concerns 141
Ch. 7 Songs, Poems, and Rhymes 145
Ch. 8 Riddles 161
Ch. 9 Tales and Legends 193
Ch. 10 Teases and Pranks 213
Overview: Settings and Activities 225
Ch. 11 Children's Lore in School and Playgrounds 229
Ch. 12 Material Folk Culture of Children 251
Ch. 13 Children's Folklore in Residential Institutions: Summer Camps, Boarding Schools, Hospitals, and Custodial Facilities 273
The Past in the Present: Theoretical Directions for Children's Folklore 293
Glossary: An Aid for Source Book Readers 309
Bibliography of Children's Folklore 317
Index 371
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