The dream of authenticity, the savage sensibility, the idea that “modernity” – however meant – was a theme of very limited interest for anthropologists is a mark of the Western history of cultural analysis throughout a good part of the last century. Still today it remains in some not always marginal lines of western ideology with re- gard to other people and other places (exotic places, ethnic objects, strange rituals), as well as in a certain persistent conception of cultural anthropology such as a search for authentic cultural richness. In this paper, I concisely present the main lines of the au- thenticity debate and argue for a hybrid (and oxymoronic) notion of cultural authen- ticity focusing on an ethnographic case.

Discussing Cultural Authenticity : The “Patachitra” of West Bengal between Globalization and Modern Consumer Society / V. Matera. - In: GLOCALISM. - ISSN 2283-7949. - 2020:3(2020), pp. 1-14. [10.12893/gjcpi.2020.3.11]

Discussing Cultural Authenticity : The “Patachitra” of West Bengal between Globalization and Modern Consumer Society

V. Matera
2020

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The dream of authenticity, the savage sensibility, the idea that “modernity” – however meant – was a theme of very limited interest for anthropologists is a mark of the Western history of cultural analysis throughout a good part of the last century. Still today it remains in some not always marginal lines of western ideology with re- gard to other people and other places (exotic places, ethnic objects, strange rituals), as well as in a certain persistent conception of cultural anthropology such as a search for authentic cultural richness. In this paper, I concisely present the main lines of the au- thenticity debate and argue for a hybrid (and oxymoronic) notion of cultural authen- ticity focusing on an ethnographic case.
tradition; authenticity; change; hybrid; modernity
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