Folk culture


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FOLK CULTURE



Persistent elements of folk culture (slowly disappearing)

  • Persistent elements of folk culture (slowly disappearing)

    • Architecture
    • Vernacular regions
    • Traditional medicine
    • Music


it’s always a matter of degree



Can FOLK culture survive?

  • Can FOLK culture survive?



“I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”

  • “I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”

    • Michel de Montaigne






Folk Culture includes traditional medicine. What are some ways folk culture medicine gets incorporated into popular culture?

  • Folk Culture includes traditional medicine. What are some ways folk culture medicine gets incorporated into popular culture?

    • pharmaceutical companies “discover” and patent a compound
    • a substance becomes popular for “recreational” use
    • A technique like acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine gains mainstream acceptance




































Transmitted by media such as books & TV

  • Transmitted by media such as books & TV

  • Constantly changing and innovating

  • Based on idea of society (specialized roles and interdependence, impersonal coordination)

  • Flexible and vague social roles

  • Not adapted to any particular environment





















What was the problem with the beauty pageant?

  • What was the problem with the beauty pageant?

  • The Buddhist Temple of Dawn is in the background

  • Photographing of Miss Universe contestants in front of this sacred place was seen as a desecration of the site and a sign of disrespect to Buddhism











it’s always a matter of degree

  • it’s always a matter of degree

  • a point on the continuum

  • popular culture challenges folk culture

  • popular culture undermines folk culture

  • popular culture appropriates elements of folk culture

  • popular culture markets elements of folk culture




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