College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Documenting Traditions


The Folklore Studies program explores how folklore shapes and expresses everyday experience in a globalized world. We understand tradition as a dynamic communicative process that incorporates both continuity and creativity. We investigate how traditions adapt to changes in technology, and how they intersect in often unexpected ways with popular and elite cultures. We consider how folklore not only creates, maintains, and expresses senses of identity among groups, but also communicates social difference, tensions, and resistance.

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