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Tradition as Personal Relationship

Barry McDonald
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 110, No. 435 (Winter, 1997), pp. 47-67
DOI: 10.2307/541585
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/541585
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

In this essay I contribute to the long-running discussion concerning the nature of tradition. After briefly abstracting some of the main issues raised by the literature, I relate them to Henry Glassie's treatment of the subject, which appeared in a recent issue of this journal (Glassie 1995). Further, I sketch my own understanding of the phenomenon, examine how it relates to Glassie's, and outline the fieldwork situations from which my understanding grew.

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