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Lexington Books Announces New Book Series on Folklore and Ethnology

Thursday, October 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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The editors of the Folklore and Ethnology Series of Lexington Books, Simon J. Bronner and Barbro Klein, seek proposals for books to be featured in the series. Books in the Folklore and Ethnology series highlight cultural traditions around the world and the persons and communities who enact them. Including monographs and edited collections, the series emphasizes studies of living folk practices, artists, settings, and groups and aims for a broad understanding of the dynamics of tradition and identity in the modern world.

Writers in the series address traditions and community-based practices that provide a basis for cultural identity, historical continuity, and social belonging in a changeful contemporary world. Rather than being displaced by industrialism, these traditions and practices continue to be embraced, transformed, and indeed created anew by the young and old, and those in between. The series illuminates the roles of such traditions and practices as rituals, festivals, narratives, crafts, games, music, and dance - in the city as well as the country, the street as well as the home, at the computer station as well as the campfire. Under the inclusive scholarly heading of folklore and ethnology, the series will include books that encourage dialogue and comparison. It serves to connect sometimes isolated scholars working on engaging case studies with broad understandings of the meanings and processes of tradition in modern life. 

The content of the studies will address:

  • localized practices, artists, and communities brought to the attention of wider audiences
  • intriguing novel adaptions and representations of older traditions
  • new traditions to meet modern needs
  • transnational, migratory genres and groups
  • the history, theory, and methods of folkloristic and ethnological study

Unlike other series devoted to folk material, this series is not limited to a single genre (e.g., folktales, folk art, religion) or group/nation (e.g., Finnish folklore, Jewish folklore) or discipline (e.g., anthropology, literature).  The series promotes interdisciplinary and intertextual perspectives on expressions and communities perceived, and often constructed, as traditional. It invites scholarship that cuts across national, local, and generic boundaries and aspires to be the most comprehensive, global list of books in folklore and ethnology.

For more information, contact Simon Bronner at 


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