"Not a Museum Town": Discussions of Authenticity in Coastal Communities

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This paper centers on the discussion of authenticity in coastal communities. Theoretically, MacCannell’s (1973) insights into the attraction of primitive cultures and modernity’s loss of connection to the workbench, Relph’s (1976) conceptions of placelessness and kitsch, and Stilgoe’s (1994) articulation of quaintness bridge the theoretical and the empirical in this paper. Empirical material from three Danish cases connects the authenticity discourse to a recurring turn of phrase used by respondents, the ‘museum town.’ A‘museum town’ epitomized a place absent of life. In this manner being authentic required a working fleet, which carried deeper implications for transformation of fishing communities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateMar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
EventSociety for Applied Anthropology : Annual Meeting - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 28 Mar 20161 Apr 2016


ConferenceSociety for Applied Anthropology


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