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Exoticisation UndressedEthnographic Nostalgia and Authenticity in Emberá Clothes$
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Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100832

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100832.001.0001

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Nostalgia, invisible clothes and hidden motivations

Nostalgia, invisible clothes and hidden motivations

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Exoticisation Undressed

Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Manchester University Press

In this introductory chapter the reader is exposed to some of the challenges set by the Western, exoticising view of Emberá clothing. The author’s own biases are revealed to aid the deconstruction of the Western view. ‘Ethnographic nostalgia’ and ‘indigenous disemia’ are introduced as concepts that aid the analysis. The chapter also includes (a) a review of existing anthropological work on clothing, which problematises the invisibility of indigenous-modern clothes, (b) an account of how the previous ethnographic record on the Emberá has framed the author’s approach and nostalgia, (c) a discussion of the methodological parameters that informed the author’s fieldwork, and (d) a short introduction of ethnographic sketching as a tool that exposes the author’s nostalgia.

Keywords:   ethnographic nostalgia, indigenous disemia, cloth invisibility, ethnographic sketches

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