The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #42171   Message #611647
Posted By: Rick Fielding
17-Dec-01 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: What is a Folklorist? Same as Collector?
Subject: RE: What is a Folklorist? Same as Collector?
Hmmmm, good question.

So far you're getting many answers, and I think that's the way it will continue. A few thoughts that come to my mind are:

To be a 'recognised' folklorist you must be knowledgable in how to get Grants from the Government or private sector. So often I've read about collectors' works being subsidised by various foundations etc. I'd certainly say "yes" to your question about 'the need to publish'. Without his many teaching books, Ken Perlman would not be known world-wide as a guitar and banjo trad styles expert. So, an interest in getting your work "out there" HAS to be a major part re: the 'recognized' aspect.

Certainly in any discussion, the folklorist who can quote chapter and verse from an obscure tome, will at least APPEAR more knowledgable than his/her adversary. If they can quote from their OWN book, so much the least from an 'authority' standpoint.

I'm not sure how the Mudcat folks you mentioned here would view themselves vis a vis "folklorist". Perhaps they'll notice this and chip in.