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Authenticity as authenticating—the case of New Orleans jazz revivalism: An approach from grounded theory and social world analysis

Issue: Vol 7 No. 1 (2012)

Journal: Popular Music History

Subject Areas: Popular Music

DOI: 10.1558/pomh.v7i1.24


This article considers the emergence and development of New Orleans jazz revivalism in terms of a conceptual framework developed around the core category of ‘authenticating’. It develops a grounded theory of authenticating conceptualized as a ‘basic social process’ and constructs a phased trajectory of authenticating that incorporates the major sub-processes identified as ‘sourcing’, ‘selecting’, ‘adopting’, ‘adapting’ and ‘progressing’ authenticity. The article sets these sub-processes within competing social worlds of jazz authenticity and purism, as they and their accompanying ideologies have variously emerged and segmented.

Author: Richard Ekins

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