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Culture and Authenticity

ISBN-10: 1405124431
ISBN-13: 9781405124430
Edition: 2008
Authors: Charles Lindholm
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Authenticity is taken for granted as an absolute value in contemporary life. We speak of authentic art, music, food, dance, and people. Authenticity can be found in moments of extreme danger, in the pleasures of carnival, in the taste of Champagne. As anthropologist Charles Lindholm shows in this engaging new book, the hope for an authentic experience draws us to charismatic leaders, expressive artists, and social movements; it makes us into trendy consumers, creative performers, and fanatical collectors. It also can lead to the bloodshed of ethnic cleansing.In Culture and Authenticity, Lindholm argues that the pervasive desire for authenticity is a consequence of a modern loss of faith and meaning. Authenticity, in its many guises, offers seekers a sense of belonging, connection and solidity. Yet, even as authenticity has become more valued, it has become more elusive and remote. Calling upon anthropological case studies from different cultures, historical material, and comparative philosophy, he explores how notions of authenticity develop, what forms it takes, and how it changes over time. This exciting text takes us on a journey of the human quest for the authentic, and how it has been imagined, described, analyzed, and realized by individuals and collectives.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Defining Authenticity
Why Authenticity Emerged
The Inventor of Authenticity
Personal Authenticity
Authenticity and Art
Totems, Relics, and the Origins of Art
The Cult of the Artist and the Romance of the Primitive
Parody, Appropriation, and Desacralization
Authenticity and Music
History Versus Heart in Classical Music
Real Music about Real Life for Real People
Marketing Authentic Performance
Seeking Authenticity in Travel and Adventure
Real Life is Elsewhere
Staging Authenticity
The Whole Adrenaline Thing
The Commodification of Authenticity
Get the Genuine!
The Dialectic of Authenticity and Imitation
Who Buys What in the Marketplace of the Soul?
Authenticity and the Self
Marketing Feeling
Ecstatic Religion and Improvised Style
Saving the World for Pleasure
Collective Authenticity
Authentic Cuisine and National Identity
Inventing Real Belizean Food
If Real Italians Eat Pasta, Do Real Indians Eat Curry?
Terroir, Power, and French Cuisine
Authentic Dance and National Identity
Collective Identity and the Speech That Cannot Lie
Without Rumba There Is No Cuba
Tango: The Dance of the Scream
Modes of Authenticity in the Nation-State
Primordial Nationalism
Who Belongs?
Missionary Politics
Israel and Authentic Jewish Identity
Defining Jews, Founding Israel
Jews on Horseback
The Poly-Ethnic Theme Park
Authenticity On the Margins
Genes Make the Tribe
First Nations: Identity and Identification
The Empty Center and the Tears That Bind
Conclusion
An Anthropology of Authenticity
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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