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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Negotiating authentic objects and authentic selves: Beyond the deconstruction of authenticity
Author(s): Jones, Sian
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Keywords: conservation
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Date Deposited: 10-Jul-2016
Citation: Jones S (2010) Negotiating authentic objects and authentic selves: Beyond the deconstruction of authenticity. Journal of Material Culture, 15 (2), pp. 181-203.
Abstract: Our understanding of authenticity in the material world is characterized by a problematic dichotomy between materialist and constructivist perspectives. Neither explains why people find the issue of authenticity so compelling, nor how it is experienced and negotiated in practice. There is strong evidence supporting the view that prevailing materialist approaches to authenticity are a product of the development of modernity in the West. The result has been an emphasis on entities and their origins and essences. However, when we look at how people experience and negotiate authenticity through objects, it is the networks of relationships between people, places and things that appear to be central, not the things in themselves. The author argues that these inalienable relationships between objects, people and places underpin the ineffable, almost magical, power of authenticity and explain why people employ it as a means of negotiating their place in a world characterized by displacement and fragmentation. She illustrates this by drawing on ethnographic research surrounding the Hilton of Cadboll cross-slab.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1359183510364074
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Material Culture June 2010 vol. 15 no. 2 181-203 by SAGE. The original publication is available at:

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