Putting Folklore To Use / Edition 1

Putting Folklore To Use / Edition 1

by Michael Owen Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813108187

ISBN-13: 9780813108186

Pub. Date: 04/14/2009

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813108186
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Series:
Publication of the American Folklore Society. New Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Applying Folklore Studies: An Introduction1
1How Can Acting Like a Fieldworker Enrich Pluralistic Education?45
2Folklore in Museums: Issues and Applications62
3Aiding the Homeless: The Use of Narratives in Diagnosis and Intervention76
4Folklife, Cultural Conservation, and Environmental Planning94
5Folklore and Medicine117
6Democratizing Art Therapy136
7Designing Public Spaces for People's Symbolic Uses150
8A Folklorist's Approach to Organizational Behavior (OB) and Organization Development (OD)162
9Moving Toward Responsible Tourism: A Role for Folklore187
10Serving the Public: An Assessment of Work in Public Sector Folklore201
11Promoting Self-Worth among the Aging214
12Reflecting and Creating an Occupation's Image226
13Helping Craftsmen and Communities Survive: Folklore and Economic Development240
About the Authors251
Index256

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