- 現代民俗学研究 (ISSN:18839134)
- no.4, pp.55-72, 2012
In this thesis, the possibility of the concept of "Tradition" in Japanese folklore studies is discussed. Although the concept of "Tradition" is an important one for folklore studies, it has been misunderstood by many folklorists. The concept of "Tradition" is therefore being criticized by some folklorists in recent years. The purpose of this thesis is to clear up this misunderstanding and to discuss the effectiveness of the concept of "Tradition" in contemporary society. This thesis will refer to the discussion on "Tradition" by Kunio Yanagita and the discussion regarding the recent philosophy of history. These discussions are useful for restructuring the concept of "Tradition." The problem of the concept of "Tradition" in Japanese folklore studies lies in the idea of identicalness and continuity between the culture of the past and that of the present. This idea is, however, dismissed by the discussions on Yanagita and the philosophy of history.