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From the Popular to the People
From the popular to the people

The field of ‘popular cultures’ is strewn with confuse and often questionable terminological assumptions. Many studies of ‘popular’ cultures (Dominic 1995) or ‘traditions’ either by insiders or outsiders of the cultures under study, are often–knowingly or unknowingly–loaded with problematic conceptual biases, let alone social, ethnic or political prejudices. The latter may arise from the very motivations of the scholars. Generally, they are to be ascribed to the epistemological assumptions of the socio-cultural environment and socio-political context of the speakers, writers, consumers of cultural goods and social scientists, all of them–though to different degrees–caught up unawares. To what extent can we distance ourselves from such assumptions? The following notes state a few elementary points of ...

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