Original title: Folklore in the Era of Socialism. Display Window of Official Culture or a Little Island of Freedom? Folklore Movement in Contemporary Historical Research and Oral Historical Studies
Authors: Vaněk, Miroslav
Document type: Papers
Conference/Event: Folklore revival movement of the second half of the 20th century in shifting cultural, social and political contexts, Prague (CZ), 20171018
Year: 2018
Language: eng
Abstract: The folk movement has often been referred to as an official part of the "culture of socialism", alongside other sourcees of official culture, and as possibly an export item of Communist Czechoslovakia. On the other hand, the perspective of the actors has been neglected. The folklore "movement" in the context of the study of contemporary history and oral-historical studies is gradually looking for pioneers in oral history to investigate this phenomenon. Recently, projects and studies have emerged that turn to the actors themselves. Their views are beginning to disrupt the predominant view of folklore as monolithic organized folk entertainment. On the contrary, for some actors, active participation in the folk ensemble could represent an imaginary little island of freedom. The role of oral history is, in this respect, irreplaceable. Research needs to be undertaken by knowledgeable and ethical professionals. Particular consideration should be given to analyzing the position of insiders conducting research.
Keywords: folklore; oral history; socialism
Project no.: GA17-26672S (CEP)
Funding provider: GA ČR
Host item entry: Folklore Revival Movements in Europe post 1950. Shifting Contexts and Perspectives, ISBN 978-80-88081-22-7

Institution: Institute of Contemporary History AS ČR (web)
Document availability information: Fulltext is available at the institute of the Academy of Sciences.
Original record: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0305714

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