Reconsideration of the Concept of Field Research In Parallel with the Progress of Studies In Folkloristics

Ersoy R.

MILLI FOLKLOR, sa.94, ss.5-13, 2012 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 94
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.5-13


In this article, new dimensions that the concepts field and field research have attained are scrutinized. Disciplines which concern human and society have to renew themselves in parallel with social change that arises with the conditions of the age. This process of renewal may occur first in the methodology used in the field, and in the concepts employed and the terms created newly. The concept of "field research" specifically in folkloristics comes upon us as a structure exemplifying this matter. In the evolved process from the nineteenth century onwards, the perception of folk has changed in parallel with social change, the boundaries of folk lore have been expanded, and folkloristics as a discipline has improved its research methods. In this respect, whereas, in early studies in folkloristics, the room for collecting folk lore was social and physical environment where one could trace and classify folkloric material with the naked eye, technology and social change today have provided folkloric elements with the environment for recreation, revival, and transmission. Seen in the studies within the scope of urban folklore, various occupational groups can be involved in entertainment venues or any related social environment research area. One of the environments for the recreation and revival of folklore products comes upon us as electronic culture environment. In this frame, it can be said that forms of creation and transmission of culture have both changed and become varied. Therefore, in the studies in folkloristics, the scope of the concept of area/field has become expanded. Theoretically adopting interdisciplinary outlook, which is the new scientific paradigm, folkloristics will succeed in understanding and signification of folk lore.