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Culture and Authenticity by Charles Lindholm

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Culture and Authenticity

In Culture and AuthenticityCharles 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 show more.

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Back cover copy Authenticity is taken for granted as an absolute value incontemporary 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. Asanthropologist Charles Lindholm shows in this engaging new book, the hope for an authentic experience draws us to charismaticleaders, expressive artists, and social movements; it makes us intotrendy consumers, creative performers, and fanatical collectors.

Italso can lead to the bloodshed of ethnic cleansing. In Culture and Authenticity, Lindholm argues that thepervasive desire for authenticity is a consequence of a modern lossof faith and meaning. Authenticity, in its many guises, offersseekers a sense of belonging, connection and solidity. Yet, even asauthenticity has become more valued, it has become more elusive andremote. Calling upon anthropological case studies from differentcultures, historical material, and comparative philosophy, heexplores how notions of authenticity develop, what forms it takes, and how it changes over time.

This exciting text takes us on ajourney of the human quest for the authentic, and how it has beenimagined, described, analyzed, auhhenticity realized by individuals andcollectives. Table of contents Introduction. Seeking Authenticity in Travel and Adventure. The Commodification of Authenticity. Authenticity and the Self. Authentic Cuisine and National Identity. Authentic Dance and National Identity. Modes of Authenticity in the Nation-State.

Israel and Authentic Jewish Identity. Authenticity On the Margins. The Anthropology of Authenticity. Review quote “This is a wonderful book, illuminating a phenomenon that is of vital import for modern man’s sense of identity. Wise and witty, Culture and Authenticity is anthropology at its very best. In this lucid text Lindholm, from a stance of anthropological respect, proves an ideal guide to its myriad consequences.


This is a stimulating and suggestive foray in psychological anthropology. This book is the first to my knowledge to have directly taken up the question of the nature of authenticity in anthropology and among the people that anthropologists study.

It is a timely as well as systematic discussion of one of the crucial issues of ajd time.

The book should be required reading for researchers and students alike. Lindholm provides an insightful, sweeping account of authenticity across time and space, in chapters that cover a wide range of topics, such as art, cuisine, ethnicity, citizenship, and religious fundamentalism.

The underlying message of this important book is that the reports of the death of the authentic in the post-modern world have been greatly exaggerated. Dramatic social change and globalization have only intensified the on-going human quest for tradition and the elusive anchors of home and hearth.

He is the author of six books and numerous articles, many cnarles them on topics related to idealization and the nature of human spirituality. Book ratings by Goodreads.

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