ISBN-10:
0202308472
ISBN-13:
9780202308470
Pub. Date:
04/30/2006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Deep Down in the Jungle: Black American Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia / Edition 1

Deep Down in the Jungle: Black American Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia / Edition 1

by Roger D. Abrahams
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Overview

With the growth of interest in folklore, it becomes increasingly evident that the presentation of a collection needs some rationale more than the fact that traditional materials have been collected and properly annotated. Much has been gathered and is now accessible through journals, archives, and lists. If a corpus of lore is not presented in some way, which bears new light on the process of word-of-mouth transmission, on traditional forms or expressions, or on the group among whom the lore was encountered, there is little reason to present it to the public. This work represents an attempt to present a body of folklore collected among one small group of Black Americans in a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The author's approach toward collection and presentation has been intensive. He has tried to collect "in depth," and to recreate in his presentation the social background in which the lore was found, and to relate the lore with the life and the values of the group. Abraham's work is a departure from any past methods of analyzing folklore, and therefore a description of the author's point of view and his method will be given first. The majority of this work was written before his methodology was actually formulated. However throughout the project à the object was to illuminate as fully as possible the lore of one small group of African Americans from urban Philadelphia. The methodology, which developed, did so because of this objective more than anything else. Though the formulation of this theory may seem ex post facto, it is included because it clarified much during the rewritings of this book, and more importantly, because it will clarify many matters for the lay reader and for the professional folklorist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202308470
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 765,079
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Roger Abrahams recently retired as director of the Center for Folklore and Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.

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