Lewis as a Medievalist - Masako Takagi

Why is it important to divide folklife into certain genres? Because there is so much folklife around us that if we didn't group it, we'd spend a lot of time being really confused when trying to talk about our own folklife. Grouping folklife into genres helps us to understand each other better when we talk about traditions.

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Daniel Pekarsky, PhDProfessor, Educational Policy StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

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For example, do you remember when you learned Pig Latin? Someone taught you how to speak it (and they had learned it from another person), and then you probably taught it to someone else, and they probably taught it to someone else—and it just keeps going and going. As you grow older, you might even forget who taught you. Learning Pig Latin is just one example of a tradition that you might have learned from a friend in an everyday way.

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The other interpretation, however, is more germane to our topic. According to Resh Lakish, if Noah was capable of remaining righteous in the midst of the unbridled perversity that surrounded him on all sides, how much more so would he have been in a community in which morally adequate conduct was the norm! At work in Resh Lakish's observation is the insight that our moral outlook and conduct are, in the normal course of events, strongly influenced by the culture that surrounds us; and that, therefore, the person who is capable of arriving at moral insights that go beyond - and indeed defy - what is the norm in his or her culture, or who is able to maintain integrity in the midst of a perverse community, is a most extra-ordinary human being -- much more so than the one who behaves well in the midst of a community in which the norm is good conduct.

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Here are some examples and explanations of folk genres:

A folk group doesn't have to be big. In fact, folk groups are often small so that the people within a group understand what their traditions and culture mean to each other. People within folk groups, who share traditions and customs, are called . People who watch a folk group from the outside are called, not surprisingly, . Insiders are group members; outsiders are not.

Interestingly, Plato expresses a very similar idea in a famous passage of the :

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Defining IGLHRC’s niche was an ongoing conversation during my fieldwork, and I think it’s a really productive one. When IGLHRC was founded, one of its first campaigns was to pressure generalist human rights organizations like Amnesty to incorporate LGBT rights into their work. A quarter-century later, IGLHRC is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness. NGOs like HRW and Amnesty regularly work on LGBT issues, many governments and UN bodies recognize the legitimacy of LGBT rights, and there are visible, vocal LGBT groups engaged in advocacy in virtually every country around the globe. It’s a huge shift, and I think that’s been cause to re-evaluate where IGLHRC, as a U.S.-based organization, might add the most value to the global movement.

Hayim Nachman Bialik, and Yeshoshua Ravnitzky,  (New York: Schocken Books, 1992), p. 27.

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NGOs are interesting because their work is so heavily influenced by individual agendas and political trends, but it’s never reducible to one of those things or the other. In the book, I argue that IGLHRC’s history illustrates how much individual activists can shape an organization’s focus. Its founder, Julie Dorf, built the organization from a grassroots group in the style of ACT-UP or Queer Nation into a more professional 501(c)(3) that became an authoritative source for information about LGBT rights globally. Paula Ettelbrick, a feminist legal scholar based in New York, moved IGLHRC from San Francisco to New York and intensified its work at the United Nations. And Cary Alan Johnson, who had helped launch IGLHRC’s Africa Program, maintained a strong focus on LGBT rights advocacy in the region when he became the organization’s executive director.