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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:10.1353/anq.2013.0032) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:34013)

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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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1353/anq.2013.0032
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: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 17:04 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:45 UTC
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