Fool's Gold: Tapping into Luxury

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Ping-hsiu Alice Lin [+-]
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ping-hsiu Alice Lin is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Building on Cotter’s argument, Lin uses her own ethnographic research on the supply chain of luxurious precious stones to argue that luxury, just as notions of authenticity, cannot be understood independently of material factors, social stratification or historical change. Lin shows how modern aesthetic shopping malls are designed to center consumerist practice in a fashion that reinserts the “authentic” into the shopping experience.

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Lin, Ping-hsiu Alice. Fool's Gold: Tapping into Luxury. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40271. Aug 2024

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