• Part of
    Ubiquity Network logo
    About SKS Publishing information

    Read Book Online
  •  Read EPUB Now
  • Tradition through Modernity

    Postmodernism and the Nation-State in Folklore Scholarship

    Pertti Anttonen

     Read Book
     Download
    Buy Paperback

    In their study of social practices deemed traditional, scholars tend to use the concept and idea of tradition as an element of meaning in the practices under investigation. But just whose meaning is it? Is it a meaning generated by those who study tradition or those whose traditions are being studied? In both cases, particular criteria for traditionality are employed, whether these are explicated or not. Individuals and groups will no doubt continue to uphold their traditional practices or refer to their practices as traditional. While they are in no way obliged to explicate in analytical terms their criteria for traditionality, the same cannot be said for those who make the study of traditions their profession. In scholarly analysis, traditions need to be explained instead of used as explanations for apparent repetitions and replications or symbolic linking in social practice, values, history, and heritage politics.

    This book takes a closer look at ‘tradition’ and ‘folklore’ in order to conceptualize them within discourses on modernity and modernism. The first section discusses ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ as modern concepts and the study of folklore as a modern trajectory. The underlying tenet here is that non-modernity cannot be represented without modern mediation, which therefore makes the representations of non-modernity epistemologically modern. The second section focuses on the nation-state of Finland and the nationalistic use of folk traditions in the discursive production of Finnish modernity and its Others. The insights are applicable worldwide in discussions on cultural representation.

    This book is part of the Studia Fennica Folkloristica series.

    Recent Activity


    How to cite this book
    Anttonen, P. 2005. Tradition through Modernity: Postmodernism and the Nation-State in Folklore Scholarship. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21435/sff.15
    License

    This book distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 license. Copyright is retained by the author(s)

    Peer Review Information

    This book has been peer reviewed. See our Peer Review Policies for more information.

    Additional Information

    Published on 06 Feb 2005

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    215

    ISBN
    EPUB978-952-222-815-4
    PDF978-952-222-814-7

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.21435/sff.15


    MARC Record
    The MARC Record for this book will be available shortly.