Afterword: A Little Heritage Goes a Long Way

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Andie Alexander [+-]
Leibniz University Hannover
Andie Alexander is a doctoral candidate in the Institute for the Study of Religion at Leibniz University Hannover. She is co-editor (with Jason W. M. Ellsworth) of Fabricating Authenticity (Equinox, 2024) and is Managing Editor of The Religious Studies Project. Her research focuses on identity construction, discourses of difference and experience, and conceptions of the individual as a way to examine how post-9/11 discourses of inclusivity and pluralism implicitly work as a form of governance and subject-making which construct and constrain the liberal Muslim subject. 
Jason W.M. Ellsworth [+-]
Dalhousie University
Jason W. M. Ellsworth is a Research Fellow, doctoral candidate, and sessional Lecturer in the Sociology & Social Anthropology Department at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on the study of the Anthropology & Sociology of Religion, Buddhism in North America, Food & Food Movements, Theories of Value, Political Economy, Marketing, Transnationalism, and Orientalism.


In addition to the 28 chapters, this volume has a longer, more substantive Introduction and Afterword that offer a variety of examples exploring what’s at stake in discourses on authenticity and how they are inextricably linked to what Jean-François Bayart terms “operational acts of identification.” The Afterword, in closing the volume, offers a final, extended example—incorporating a mix of the approaches and arguments throughout the volume—to demonstrate how these analyses are not strictly limited to a particular case study. The Afterword centers on the question of how authenticity discourses are employed to construct (or delegitimize) notions of an ancient Scottish heritage through (re)branding and commodifying strategic origins narratives.

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Alexander, Andie; Ellsworth, Jason W.M.. Afterword: A Little Heritage Goes a Long Way. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40290. Aug 2024

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