Authenticity as authenticating—the case of New Orleans jazz revivalism: An approach from grounded theory and social world analysis

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    This article considers the emergence and development of New Orleans jazz revivalism in terms of a conceptual framework developed around the core category of ‘authenticating’. It developsa grounded theory of authenticating conceptualized as a ‘basic social process’ and constructs a phased trajectory of authenticating that incorporates the major sub-processes identified as‘sourcing’, ‘selecting’, ‘adopting’, ‘adapting’ and ‘progressing’ authenticity. The article sets these sub-processes within competing social worlds of jazz authenticity and purism, as they and their accompanying ideologies have variously emerged and segmented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)24-52
    JournalPopular Music History
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Feb 2012

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    • authenticating
    • authenticity
    • Dan Pawson
    • grounded theory
    • Ken Colyer
    • New
    • Orleans jazz revivalism
    • social worlds


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