Beyond Authenticity?

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Ian Alexander Cuthbertson [+-]
Dawson College
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson is a professor in the Humanities Department at Dawson College in Montréal, Québec. Ian is broadly interested in exploring how the category “religion” is deployed to legitimize certain beliefs, practices, and institutions while delegitimizing others.


Building on McCutcheon’s analysis, Cuthbertson shows how the most interesting question is not whether a particular object or thing really is authentic or inauthentic but rather how and why and by whom it is designated as such. From food to theme parks he argues that authenticity claims depend on three related ideas: authority, origins and traditions. Authenticity is not the binary of authentic vs. inauthentic, but better thought of as a spectrum of social accomplishment that relies on the expectations and preferences of the people involved.

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Cuthbertson, Ian Alexander. Beyond Authenticity?. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 18 Apr 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40275. Aug 2024

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