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Questions of tradition
Phillips, Mark, 1946-

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xv, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Narratives of the treaty table : cultural property and the negotiation of tradition / Andrea Laforet -- Disappearing acts : traditions of exposure, traditions of enclosure, and Iroquois masks / Ruth B. Phillips -- The tradition of African art : reflections on the social life of a subject / Christopher B. Steiner -- Zwarte Piet's Bal Masqué / Mieke Bal -- Traditional futures / James Clifford -- Tacit knowledge : tradition and its aftermath / Michael McKeon -- The traditions of liberalism / Daniel T. Rodgers -- Law, custom, tradition : perspectives from the common law / David Lieberman -- Tradition, ethical knowledge, and multicultural societies / Georgia Warnke -- Ideas about tradition in the life and work of Philippe Ariès / Patrick H. Hutton -- Tradition as politics and the politics of tradition / Gordon Schochet.
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Tradition is a central concern for a wide range of academic disciplines interested in problems of transmitting culture across generations. Yet, the concept itself has received remarkably little analysis. A substantial literature has grown up around the notion of 'invented tradition,' but no clear concept of tradition is to be found in these writings; since the very notion of 'invented tradition' presupposes a prior concept of tradition and is empty without one, this debunking usage has done as much to obscure the idea as to clarify it. In the absence of a shared concept, the various disciplines have created their own vocabularies to address the subject. Useful as they are, these specialized vocabularies (of which the best known include hybridity, canonicity, diaspora, paradigm, and contact zones) separate the disciplines and therefore necessarily create only a collection of parochial and disjointed approaches.

Until now, there has been no concerted attempt to put the various disciplines in conversation with one another around the problem of tradition. Combining discussions of the idea of tradition by major scholars from a variety of disciplines with synoptic, synthesizing essays, Questions of Tradition will initiate a renewal of interest in this vital subject.

Table of Contents

Mark Salber Phillips and Gordon SchochetMark Salber PhillipsAndrea LaforetRuth B. PhillipsChristopher B. SteinerMieke BalJames CliffordMichael MckeonDaniel T. RodgersDavid LiebermanGeorgia WarnkePatrick H. HuttonGordon Schochet
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: What Is Tradition When It Is Not 'Invented'? A Historiographical Introductionp. 3
Part I
1 Narratives of the Treaty Table: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of Traditionp. 33
2 Disappearing Acts: Traditions of Exposure, Traditions of Enclosure, and Iroquois Masksp. 56
3 The Tradition of African Art: Reflections on the Social Life of a Subjectp. 88
4 Zwarte Piet's Bal Masquep. 110
5 Traditional Futuresp. 152
Part II
6 Tacit Knowledge: Tradition and Its Aftermathp. 171
7 The Traditions of Liberalismp. 203
8 Law/Custom/Tradition: Perspectives from the Common Lawp. 233
9 Tradition, Ethical Knowledge, and Multicultural Societiesp. 258
10 Ideas about Tradition in the Life and Work of Philippe Ariesp. 274
11 Tradition as Politics and the Politics of Traditionp. 296
Contributorsp. 323