Return to Culture: Oral Tradition and Society in the Southern Cook Islands (Folklore Fellows Communications 287)

By: Anna-Leena Siikala & Jukka Siikala (Authors)

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THEORETICAL DISCUSSIONS ON CULTURE and folklore have bifurcated into two major directions. Individualistic interpretations have emphasised performance and culture as being a product of individual strategic choices. Put in a wider social context culture has been reduced to hegemonic tradition in service of the interests of the elites. The analysis of Polynesian cultural practices in this volume reassesses the importance of theoretical understanding of culture which enables an analytic understanding of social action, political structure, narrative practices and thus the culturally constituted life-world of the people.Pacific oral tradition is not a free-floating and easily circulating “folklore”, but an integral part of social life with direct political consequences. It has not been detached from social life and therefore it is not easily interpretable without a thorough knowledge of the whole cultural system. By analysing a wide range of cultural materials this volume argues strongly for the notion of culture as ordering order which systematically determines the significance of differences. Printed Pages: 327.

Title: Return to Culture: Oral Tradition and Society in the Southern Cook Islands (Folklore Fellows Communications 287)

Author Name: Anna-Leena Siikala & Jukka Siikala (Authors)

Categories: India, Cultural Studies,

Publisher: Helsinki, Finland, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia Scientiarum Fennica)/Bookstore Tiedekirja: 2005

ISBN: 951410966X

ISBN 13: 9789514109669

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 113840

Keywords: Return to Culture: Oral Tradition and Society in the Southern Cook Islands (Folklore Fellows Communications 287) Anna-Leena Siikala & Jukka Siikala (Authors)