Laying Claim to Authenticity: Five Anthropological Dilemmas

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios (2013) Laying Claim to Authenticity: Five Anthropological Dilemmas. Anthropology Quarterly, 86 (2). pp. 337-360. ISSN 0003-5491. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The introduction to this special collection examines five dilemmas about the use of the concept of authenticity in anthropological analysis. These relate to 1) the expectation of a singular authenticity “deep” in oneself or beyond the surface of social reality, 2) the contradictions emerging from the opposition of authenticity with inauthenticity, 3) the irony of the notion of invention of tradition (which deconstructs, but also offends), 4) the criteria involved in the authentication of the age of objects (with a consideration of their materiality), and 5) authenticity’s simultaneity, its contemporaneous multiple conceptualizations in context. I argue for a perspective on the study of authenticity that acknowledges the simultaneous co-existence of more than one parallel manifestation of authenticity in any given negotiation of the authentic.

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Additional information: [Special Collection Laying claim to authenticity: anthropological dilemmas, ed. D.Theodossopoulos]
Uncontrolled keywords: Authenticity, authenticating, invention of tradition, pastness, simultaneity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 17:04 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 10:28 UTC
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