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American Sense of Community: Circling the Square or Hitting the Road

No term is closer to the center of our sentiments than community, especially for the folklorist. In our profession the terms folklore and community are intimately paired, for our sense of American history--indeed the story of humanity--is bound up with people getting together out of some notion of belonging to a place, a family, a work group, a region. Folklore consists of the traditional ways in which community people work and play together, and their customary forms of entertaining and instructing each other. Community is composed of people meeting regularly who have inherited or developed ways of celebrating their sense of coming together

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