Folk. Art. Craft. By themselves these brief, piquant words can generate argument and confusion over meaning wherever thinkers meet. In combinations like ‘folk art’ and ‘folk craft’ a noticeable din may arise, particularly, many have claimed, if the thinkers include unreserved art historians and folklorists. To be sure, the 1960s and 1970s witnessed several publications defending (or attacking) the honour and virtue of one or the other discipline. As a teacher of material culture, however, I naturally question strictly exclusive disciplinary camps. True, I am a folklorist by training and temperament; but I am also part of an American Studies Program in a Humanities Division, yet my office and research colleagues sit entrenched in the Behavioral Sciences Wing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cultural Studies
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)