The sweep of knowledge: The politics of grand and local theory in folkloristics

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Abstract

Theory creates community in an academic discipline. The concern with generalizations ties scholars together in common projects, establishes networks, creates boundaries, and provides for a disciplinary status with other fields. Theory builds identity, both within and outside knowledge domains. The uncertainty of a self-conscious interest in folkloristic theory, both grand and local, poses political and intellectual challenges for the vitality of our discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Folklore Research
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Music

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