A Remembrance of Dishes Past

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Rachel Diane Brown [+-]
University of Victoria
Rachel D. Brown is the Program Coordinator and Religious Studies Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She has a PhD in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University and specializes in food, migration, lived religion, and contemporary Islam. Rachel has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on food and migration, Muslim integration in France, the experience of minority religious communities in the Pacific Northwest, and researcher positionality and knowledge production, and is currently working on a monograph titled Consuming Identity: Food, Drink and Muslim Experience in Paris and Montreal.


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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Brown, Rachel. A Remembrance of Dishes Past. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40273. Date accessed: 29 Mar 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40273. Sep 2024

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