But is it Really Religion?

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Savannah H. Finver [+-]
University of Alabama
Savannah H. Finver is currently working on her Masters in Religion in Culture at the University of Alabama, expected to graduate in May 2020. Her research interests lie in how religion is discussed and defined within American law and politics, as well as how these debates influence and shape group identities in the United States.


Fabricating Authenticity expands on revised posts that originally appeared on the blog for Culture on the Edge — an international research collaborative that analyzes strategies of identification. The newly envisioned main chapters in this volume draw on a variety of sites, topics, and case studies to explore what is at stake in claims of authenticity. Here, authenticity is examined as a socially contested and constructed label that is used to manage and codify a variety of choices in relation to understandings of identity formation. Building on the main chapters, Fabricating Authenticity is a collaborative enterprise that engages fourteen early career scholars to respond, critique, and press further the approaches and arguments put forth by members of Culture on the Edge. Following the format of the earlier volumes in the Working with Culture on the Edge series, the introduction and afterword provide a more substantive, theoretical analysis on the discourse of authenticity. Together with the main chapters and responses, Fabricating Authenticity explores everyday examples that work as productive conversation-starters for those wanting to complicate and examine authenticity claims, thus making this an ideal volume for the introductory classroom and beyond.

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Finver, Savannah. But is it Really Religion?. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2022. ISBN 9781800501454. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40264. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40264. Sep 2022

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