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Culture and Authenticity by Charles Lindholm


Culture and Authenticity by Charles Lindholm

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


Culture and Authenticity covers a lot of ground, both topically and conceptually. And it does so with admirable grace and clarity. (Journal of Anthropological Research, Spring 2009)

This reviewer found an interesting, entertaining, and easy-to-read discussion of the various forms and conceptions of 'authenticity.

About the Author

Charles Lindholm is a University Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. He is the author of six books and numerous articles, many of them on topics related to idealization and the nature of human spirituality.

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Publication date

13th December 2007


Charles Lindholm

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Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd) an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


188 pages





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