Exoticisation Undressed: Ethnographic Nostalgia and Authenticity in Emberá Clothes (New Ethnographies) (Hardcover)

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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. Through reflexive engagement, Exoticisation undressed exposes the workings of ethnographic nostalgia and the Western quest for a singular, primordial authenticity, unravelling instead new layers of complexity that reverse and subvert exoticisation.

About the Author


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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526100832
ISBN-10: 1526100835
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: June 20th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: New Ethnographies