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Debating Authenticity Concepts of Modernity in Anthropological Perspective

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 15.01.2012
  • Verlag: Berghahn Books
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Debating Authenticity

The longing for authenticity, on an individual or collective level, connects the search for external expressions to internal orientations. What is largely referred to as production of authenticity is a reformulation of cultural values and norms within the ongoing process of modernity, impacted by globalization and contemporary transnational cultural flows. This collection interrogates the notion of authenticity from an anthropological point of view and considers authenticity in terms of how meaning is produced in and through discourses about authenticity. Incorporating case studies from four continents, the topics reach from art and colonialism to exoticism-primitivism, film, ritual and wilderness. Some contributors emphasise the dichotomy between the academic use of the term and the one deployed in public spaces and political projects. All, however, consider authenticity as something that can only be understood ethnographically, and not as a simple characteristic or category used to distinguish some behaviors, experiences or material things from other less authentic versions.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 15.01.2012
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857454973
    Verlag: Berghahn Books
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