Culture and Authenticity / Edition 1

Culture and Authenticity / Edition 1

by Charles Lindholm
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405124423

ISBN-13: 9781405124423

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Authenticity is taken-for-granted as an absolute value in contemporary life. In Culture and Authenticity, Charles Lindholm calls upon anthropological case studies from different cultures, historical material, and comparative philosophy, to explore how notions of authenticity develop, what forms it takes, and how it changes over time.

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Overview

Authenticity is taken-for-granted as an absolute value in contemporary life. In Culture and Authenticity, Charles Lindholm calls upon anthropological case studies from different cultures, historical material, and comparative philosophy, to explore how notions of authenticity develop, what forms it takes, and how it changes over time.

  • Examines the idea of authenticity and its role in modern culture
  • Explores society’s preoccupation with authenticity and the search for ‘real’ experiences
  • Looks at how the concept of authenticity intersects with questions about religion, ethnicity, and race
  • Investigates authenticity in the context of fields such as dance, cuisine, travel, and the modern marketplace

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405124423
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Defining Authenticity     1
Why Authenticity Emerged     3
The Inventor of Authenticity     8
Personal Authenticity     11
Authenticity and Art     13
Totems, Relics, and the Origins of Art     13
The Cult of the Artist and the Romance of the Primitive     16
Parody, Appropriation, and Desacralization     21
Authenticity and Music     25
History Versus Heart in Classical Music     25
Real Music about Real Life for Real People     29
Marketing Authentic Performance     35
Seeking Authenticity in Travel and Adventure     39
Real Life is Elsewhere     39
Staging Authenticity     43
The Whole Adrenaline Thing     47
The Commodification of Authenticity     52
Get the Genuine!     52
The Dialectic of Authenticity and Imitation     56
Who Buys What in the Marketplace of the Soul?     59
Authenticity and the Self     65
Marketing Feeling     65
Ecstatic Religion and Improvised Style     67
Saving the World for Pleasure     71
CollectiveAuthenticity     75
Authentic Cuisine and National Identity     77
Inventing Real Belizean Food     77
If Real Italians Eat Pasta, Do Real Indians Eat Curry?     80
Terroir, Power, and French Cuisine     83
Authentic Dance and National Identity     88
Collective Identity and the Speech That Cannot Lie     88
Without Rumba There Is No Cuba     91
Tango: The Dance of the Scream     94
Modes of Authenticity in the Nation-State     98
Primordial Nationalism     98
Who Belongs?     103
Missionary Politics     108
Israel and Authentic Jewish Identity     112
Defining Jews, Founding Israel     112
Jews on Horseback     115
The Poly-Ethnic Theme Park     118
Authenticity On the Margins     125
Genes Make the Tribe     125
First Nations: Identity and Identification     128
The Empty Center and the Tears That Bind     133
Conclusion     139
An Anthropology of Authenticity     141
Notes     146
Bibliography     160
Index     169

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