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EMAC 2020 Annual Conference

Authenticity and the Internationalization of Cultural Products

Published: May 27, 2020


Mariana Porto-da-Rocha, ESPM; Vivian Strehlau, ESPM


Consumer; Culture; Authenticity


We aim to explore how a cultural product with a particular geographic identity continue to be authentic after an internationalization process. The attraction for the consumption of cultural products is the symbolic value of the foreign. On the other hand, foreign cultural products are reinterpreted and adjusted to their new international audiences. Sometimes, the modifications are so intense that the cultural product is no longer recognizable to its original culture. We conducted a qualitative exploratory study with masters of capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian fight dance) who live in Europe. Until now, its internationalization was the diasporic type. However, a new generation of high-graduated non-Brazilian capoeiristas is formed, and they are already teaching capoeira in their countries of origin. So, we managed to track possible consequences to capoeira’s connection to its roots and the authenticity strategies involved in this new phase of its internationalization.