P25
Ethnological and folkloristic views on "narrative economy" (EN)

Convenors:
Jyrki Pöysä
Maarit Knuuttila (Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences)
Location:
Jakobi 2, 110
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Agrarian production and consumption is an old theme of ethnology. What is the place of economy in contemporary ethnological research? How are the narrative aspects of economy taken account of in the ethnological and folkloristic research? How does economy look from the everyday level of the people?

Long abstract:

Traditional agrarian production and consumption is a classical theme of ethnology (but not so much of folklore). What is the place of economy in contemporary ethnological research? How are the narrative aspects of economy (everyday life experiences, stories and counter-stories about economical cycles, firms, business people and business heros, the success and decline of international companies, reputation of the firms, business gossips and rumours etc.)taken account of in the ethnological and folkloristic research? How does economy look from the everyday level of the people? What kind of agencies and non-agencies are promoted by the multi-national food industry and market chains? What kind of agencies are produced by the alternative economies, new urban farming cooperatives, urban cultivation, local networks for distribution for local products? What is the role of new medias (internet, Facebook etc.) within this kind of new economical activities? Are broader definitions of economy also widening our views on traditional economies?