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Exoticisation undressed

Ethnographic nostalgia and authenticity in Ember√° clothes

By Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Exoticisation undressed
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  • Publish Date: Jun 2016
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    Book Information

    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3458-5
    • Pages: 236
    • Price: ¬£21.00
    • Published Date: October 2018
    • Series: New Ethnographies

    Description

    Exoticisation Undressed is an innovative ethnography that makes visible the many layers through which our understandings of indigenous cultures are filtered and their inherent power to distort and refract understanding. The book focuses in detail on the clothing practices of the Ember√° in Panama, an Amerindian ethnic group, who have gained national and international visibility through their engagement with indigenous tourism. The very act of gaining visibility while wearing indigenous attire has encouraged among some Ember√° communities a closer identification with an indigenous identity and a more confident representational awareness. The clothes that the Ember√° wear are not simply used to convey messages, but also become constitutive of their intended messages. By wearing indigenous-and-modern clothes, the Ember√°-who are often seen by outsiders as shadows of a vanishing world-reclaim their place as citizens of a contemporary nation.

    Contents

    1. Introduction: Nostalgia, invisible clothes and hidden motivations
    2. Static sketches in transformation
    3. A story about Ember√° clothes
    4. Ghosts of Ember√° past
    5. Ghosts of Ember√° present
    6. Representational self-awareness
    7. Shifting codes of dress
    8. Three authentic Ember√° discontinuities
    9. Indigenous-and-modern Ember√° clothes
    References
    Index

    Author

    Dimitrios Theodossopoulos is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, Canterbury

    Exoticisation undressed

    By Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

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