PhD student to present paper

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yuko Nakamura will be presenting her paper “Identifying ‘Common’ Places as Cultural Resources: An Experimental Study on the Transmission of People’s Systems to Evaluate Vernacular Places” at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in October. The paper reports on a field-experiment conducted in Imabari, Japan, while verifying casual oral interactions within small groups as a method with which people can share their value systems and gradually achieve a consensus on “common” vernacular places. Participants expressed their value systems through three different methods: 1) fieldnotes; 2) a monologue; and 3) a dialogue. It argues that such an informal approach, in comparison to formal public meetings, can provide an opportunity for less hierarchical, more natural and equitable consensus building on collective cultural resources among community members and help incorporate preservation ethics into municipal-level policy.

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