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Thread #123472   Message #2719071
Posted By: Goose Gander
08-Sep-09 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
"This is a fundamental flaw of not just TFP and the 1954 Definition but also the foundation of the folk song revival as a whole - in effect a social condescension which saw these grubby rustics as passive carriers of a cultural phenomenon they couldn't possibly understand, rather than the active determinators of that phenomenon that they most surely were."

You seem very fluent with this material, SO'P. So you should be able to cite chapter and verse to back up this claim. So please give us some citations, particularly in support of your argument that folklorists described traditional ballad singers as "passive carriers of a cultural phenomenon they couldn't possibly understand."

"Could, therefore, our entire concept of The Folk Process (and the 1954 Defination) have its roots in the sloppy, selective & agenda driven field-work on the part of the early collectors who saw the songs as being of greater significance than their lowly, ill-educated singers?"

Who are these early collectors? In what ways was their work "sloppy, selective & agenda-driven"? Let's have names, let's have specific examples.