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Howard W. Odum's Folklore Odyssey: Transformation to Tolerance Through African American Folk Studies

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ISBN: 082032549X
Издательство: University of Georgia Press
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 208
Book DescriptionHoward W. Odum (1884-1954), the pioneering social scientist and founder of the University of North Carolina's department of sociology, played a leading--and well-documented--role in the modernization of the South. Until now, however, there has been no book-length study of Odum's contributions to southern folklore, which had important but largely unappreciated consequences for his legacy of social justice. Lynn Moss Sanders shows how Odum, as a collector of African American blues and work songs, anticipated some important precepts of modern folklore. Notably, Odum perceived the benefits of a collaborative and nonhierarchical approach to folk studies. By putting himself in a position to learn from a more tolerant former student and fromone of his black folk informants, Odum became receptive to changing his paternal, segregationist attitudes about race. Comparing Odum's two song collections, The Negro and His Songs(1925) and Negro Workaday Songs (1926), Sanders...