Why claim cultural authenticity? : cultural organizations' and cosmopolitan populations' claims about Reggae and Celtic Music in the U.S.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2008.; Includes bibliographical references. This thesis asks why claims to authenticity are made about traditional music from one culture by people from another culture. It argues that cosmopolitan populations and cultural organizations are the factors explaining why claims are made. Cosmopolitan populations make claims to meet their desire for a connection to the past and to an ethnic heritage, as well as for the exotic. Cultural organizations make claims primarily to draw a cosmopolitan audience, but also because of the ideologies of people within the organization and because “authentic” is a simpler description than the true hybridities traditional music has. These claims are supported by two case studies: Celtic music in the United States and reggae in the United States. Keywords: authenticity; cosmopolitans; cultural organizations; Celtic music; reggae
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