Folklore | Putting Cultural Theory to Use
F722 | 24922 | Jackson


This course will compliment other theory courses in the Department of
Folklore and Ethnomusicology.  Its focus will be on the ways that
ethnomusicologists and folklorists can put general social and
cultural theory to work in particular research projects.  In
exploring this question, we well survey a range of relevant
approaches across the social sciences.  We will also emphasize
developing the theoretical grounding needed to pursue individual
student research projects in folklore, ethnomusicology and
neighboring disciplines.  Over the course of the seminar, students
will develop, assess and revise problem, method, and theory
narratives to accompany a major research grant proposal or a
thesis/dissertation prospectus.  This core assignment is grounded in
the course goal of helping students connect wider issues in social
and cultural theory to their own particular research interests.
Reading assignments will alternate between exemplary ethnographic
studies and writings by the social/cultural theorists.  The former
will be drawn from work by folklorists, ethnomusicologists and
anthropologists, while the later will include both canonical and
current work by social theorists in these fields, as well as in
sociology, history, political science, literature, and other fields.
Ethnographies that we will read together include:  Dorothy Noyes Fire
on the Plaça, Jane Goodman’s Berber Culture on the World Stage, and
Alfonso Ortiz’ A Tewa World.