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Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
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Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
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Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
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Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
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Finally, we arrive at our final port of call and we show our passports (and sometimes visas) which may be stamped by someone representing the host country whereupon we are duly admitted into the new realm.
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Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible.
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Here I would like to suggest that you NOT overemphasize the concern with your future.
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I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their own personal knowledge of national, regional, religious, ethnic, occupational, and family folklore traditions.
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I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.
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If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
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In my introductory course, Anthropology 160, the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what the major and minor genres of folklore are, and how they can be analyzed.
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In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics, but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look, we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
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In this respect, Americans differ from many if not most of the cultures of the world who tend to worship the past.
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In this way, the students not only learn what folklore is, but they are able to participate actively in the learning process.
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Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations.
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Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
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My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
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Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine likely directions and trends, but once taken, they belong to the past, requiring that new polls be taken.
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The class has become over the years fairly large, running to three hundred or more, but I always insist upon reading all the student folklore collections myself. Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it because I learn so much from it.
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Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection of folklore that they create by interviewing family members, friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
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There is more to folklore research than fieldwork. This is why in all of my other upper-division courses I require a term paper involving original research.
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They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather data about the context and the informant and, above all, write an analysis of the items based upon the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
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Thus when I lecture on a particular genre, I make a habit of drawing upon the repertoires of the members of the class.
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We should beware of stereotypes as they tend to cramp thinking, but on the other hand, stereotypes exist and they are often transmitted via folklore.
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