Symbols and Ownership

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Yasmine Flodin-Ali [+-]
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yasmine Flodin-Ali obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School. She has a background in interfaith and educational equity work and has worked for non-profits such as the Pluralism Project and College Possible. Yasmine is currently an Islamic Studies PhD student in the Religious Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the history of race and religion as modern categories of difference by examining the racialization of South Asian American Muslims and African American Muslims from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.


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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Flodin-Ali, Yasmine. Symbols and Ownership. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 01 Apr 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40269. Sep 2024

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