1. Authenticity is a cultural construction
Cultural construction: not natural, but socially and culturally produced and reproduced
Who is an ‘authentic’ Canadian’ and why?
• As you go through time, authenticity changes
• Anthropologists would say there is no objective authenticity
• Authenticity is important to our self-definition
2. Authenticity is a Western notion with a history, connected to the production of the
• Authenticity is connected to mobility in the individual.
• Language, clothing can suggest different things
Museum is a temple of authenticity
• The search for authenticity in tourism is connected with modernization—we live
In such a modern world where part of our authenticity comes from finding our
• Leads motivations of some tourists
• The search for the authentic also refers to the opaqueness of human activities in
• Come up with 2 example