Folklore

Authored by: Lucy M. Long

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661

10.4324/9780203819227.ch20

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Abstract

Folklore (folkloristics, folklife studies) has existed as a discipline since the early 1800s. It has expanded immensely from its initial emphasis on documenting and preserving European orally transmitted narrative traditions to exploring the meanings and functions of expressive performances of any group that gives that group a sense of connectedness. Food and foodways (the system of activities and conceptualization surrounding eating) have always been included within its scope, and the discipline has contributed numerous ethnographies of foodways traditions as well as theoretical frameworks for understanding food’s connection to ethnic and regional identity, the maintenance of group boundaries, the politics of identity, food as an aesthetic domain, and culinary tourism.

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