CULTURE AND AUTHENTICITY CHARLES LINDHOLM PDF

We speak of authentic art, music, food, dance, and people. Authenticity can be found in moments of extreme danger, in the pleasures of carnival, in the taste of champagne. As anthropologist Charles Lindholm shows in this engaging new book, the hope for an authentic experience draws us to charismatic leaders, expressive artists, and social movements; it makes us into trendy consumers, creative performers, and fanatical collectors. It also can lead to the bloodshed of ethnic cleansing.

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He attended East Denver High School. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia College in he spent the next several years traveling in Afghanistan , Pakistan , India , Sri Lanka , and the West Indies.

He met his wife Cherry in Jamaica in and in won a scholarship to study Anthropology at Columbia. In , Cherry and her daughter Michelle accompanied him on his fieldwork with the Swat Pukhtun in Northern Pakistan. He then held a joint appointment in the Committee on Social Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard, where he remained until His first book, Generosity and Jealousy was based on his original research in Swat. However, this hostility was balanced by an ethic of ritualized hospitality and by an idealization of friendship.

These were said to be symbolic and psychic manifestations of fundamental inclinations to attachment that were precluded by the objective circumstances of the larger system. His next book, Charisma , [5] synthesized a wide range of theory in order to construct a base for the study of idealization. This base was then applied to the Hitler movement, the Manson Family , the Jim Jones cult , and shamanistic religions. Among other things, the book showed that modern charismatic collectives are more compelling and encompassing, as well as more distorted and destructive, under contemporary circumstances of alienation than was the case in premodern social systems.

He returned to this topic in the volume he edited in entitled The Anthropology of Religious Charisma: Ecstasies and Institutions.

This approach is illustrated by chapters on the construction of the self, the evolution of cognitive anthropology, the anthropology of emotion and the anthropology of marginalization and charisma, as well as case studies of love and culture, and of American identity. One project compared the political implications of kinship structures in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Research on this contradiction led to consideration of the historical permutations of structural and ideological tensions endemic to other purportedly egalitarian societies in the Middle East a theme extensively developed in The Islamic Middle East [] [10] and to comparative research on egalitarianism and the validation of command in the United States Is America Breaking Apart?

Despite their vast differences, all of these seek new, purified identities and have a polarized vision of the universe. Old contrasts between left and right are blurred and even erased in this shared quest.

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Culture and Authenticity

He attended East Denver High School. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia College in he spent the next several years traveling in Afghanistan , Pakistan , India , Sri Lanka , and the West Indies. He met his wife Cherry in Jamaica in and in won a scholarship to study Anthropology at Columbia. In , Cherry and her daughter Michelle accompanied him on his fieldwork with the Swat Pukhtun in Northern Pakistan. He then held a joint appointment in the Committee on Social Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard, where he remained until His first book, Generosity and Jealousy was based on his original research in Swat.

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