Folklore | Children's Folklore
F625 | 25343 | McDowell

We are concerned here with the child’s world, and with the culture
of childhood as created by children in their own peer groups, though
always in dialogue with the adult world through which they wander
and with which they interact from time to time. The focus is on
children’s play and games, their creative and expressive routines,
the kind of activities that may flourish with or without the notice
of adults. We will approach these activities with all due respect
for the specifics of word and deed, in hopes that we can learn
something important about the mind of the child and about social
process within the juvenile peer-group. These insights, in turn,
should have something of interest to tell us about the society we
live in and perhaps about this human nature we are blessed and
cursed with.