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Fabricating Authenticity

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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.

Published: Jun 1, 2022

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Preface Vaia Touna
Introduction Jason Ellsworth, Andie Alexander
Chapter 1
TBC Craig Martin
Response Savannah Finver
Chapter 2
Naming Things Steven Ramey
Response Annie Rose O'Brien
Chapter 3
Christianity as Logo: Is Donald Trump a "Baby Christian"? Leslie Dorrough Smith
Response Nevada Drollinger-Smith
Chapter 4
The Tyranny of Individualism: MAGA Boy, Media and the Drum Matthew Sheedy
Response Yasmine Flodin-Ali
Chapter 5
Because YOU'RE an Early Adopter Christopher Cotter
Response Ping-hsiu Alice Lin
Chapter 6
Marketing the Authentic Taco Jason Ellsworth
Response Rachel Brown
Chapter 7
Is there Lettuce in Greek Salad? Russell McCutcheon
Response Ian Alexander Cuthbertson
Chapter 8
"Maybe She's Born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline" Tara Baldrick-Morrone
Response Sierra Lynn Lawson
Chapter 9
A Man, a Tan, "God's Path" Richard Newton
Response Stacie Swain
Chapter 10
"A Good Fake or a Bad Fake"? Andie Alexander
Response Daniel Jones
Chapter 11
TBC Teemui Taira
Response Zabeen Khamisa
Chapter 12
Is there Neo-Nazi DNA? Ancestry Tests and Biological Essentialism in American Racism Martha Smith Roberts
Response Israel Dominguez
Chapter 13
The Moves we Make K. Merinda Simmons
Response Hinasahar Muneeruddin
Chapter 14
In Their Own Terms Vaia Touna
Response Marshall Cunningham
Afterword Jason Ellsworth, Andie Alexander