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f11/6/17 <Constructing Authenticity> Defining authenticity -> SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED o Directly from the source o Hasn’t been adulterated o Legitimate o Etc o Applied to art, music, cuisine Authentic self Notion of originality Response to commodification o Increase of commodification of popular culture leads to value what is truly authentic and individual. Since everything is mass produced. Women-made, alternative pornography: o Different from mainstream Real identities Real people Real bodies Diversity of body types Sincerity of the performance is guaranteed Sexual pleasure is real Material culture: imitation was displaced by authenticity Music o Cultural authenticity Does it reflect the cultural tradition accurately Genre of music o Personal authenticity Sociologists are not interested in determining whether or not something is authentic o Interested in the process by which social actors construct objects, behaviors, and people as authentic o Authenticity is a CLAMIN that is made. Not inherent. It’s not an objective reality (Richard Peterson). o Authenticity claims are MORAL CLAIMS. They are not objective or value-free. If sth is authentic, you’re saying that something else is inauthentic. Authenticity work o Ethnic/cultural identity Membership to a group. Automatically conferred just by being a member of the group. o Elasticity of group membership o Status Biography of the artist is what establishes the authenticity, not the artwork itself. o Authenticity to constructed self o Technologically mediated
o Seeking an authentic experience Social construction of authenticity o It is an accomplishment, it’s not inherent. It’s something that has to be cultivated and manufactured, fabricated o Judging PERFORMANCES, not an objective state o Authenticity claims are important to drawing and reinforcing symbolic boundaries Authenticity claims o Assigning authenticity through discourse o Staging authenticity as part of production of culture o Performing authenticity in social interactions 11/8/17 Crafting Authentic Blues 2chapters 만 읽는다 Chicago blues 하고있다 What is the social context of Chicago in which blues is constructed? More centered on service work + cultural attraction Upscale entertainment Increase in hotels, convention centers, festivals, theaters, generation of Global tourism market Attract affluent, out of town people go there How does Grazian characterize BLUES? Need to deliver songs familiar to mass audience Traditional blue songs could be excluded Pop songs by black producers are played although they contradict the traditional blues. Pressure from the audience to the musicians Doesn’t seem like authentic blues What is the authentic appeal of blues?

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