Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society

By: M.D. Muthukumaraswamy and Molly Kaushal (Eds)

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The discipline of folklore has always addressed the travel of folklore by consistently paying attention to several versions of the same texts and by offering meticulous sociological accounts for their existence. The philosophical premise of acknowledging versions even when they are contradictory lends itself, by expansion, to a vision of a multitude of public spheres inside a civil society. The emerging vision of society is one of polyphonic concert punctuated by recognizable gestures. What we see is a "performing society" that generates public opinion not necessarily through rational verbal arguments and dialogues but also through gestures, genres, frames, versions, performances, stories, narratives and codes.It is precisely in this context that folklore studies reveal how communities break hierarchies, articulate aspirations that are political and otherwise, constitute new identities, establish inter-cultural contacts and undergo changes through cultural borrowings. As identities are constantly created and recreated, what we encounter through folklore is a complex cultural phenomenon not necessarily rational but in alignment with the logic of the cultures concerned. Such processes do create and influence public opinion.Printed Pages: 327.

Title: Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society

Author Name: M.D. Muthukumaraswamy and Molly Kaushal (Eds)

Categories: Sociology, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts/National Folklore Support Centre: 2004

ISBN: 8190148141

ISBN 13: 9788190148146

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101713

Keywords: Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society M.D. Muthukumaraswamy and Molly Kaushal (Eds)