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Institutionalizing Authenticity in the Digitized World of Music

Journal Article
Since the arrival of mass production, commodification has been plaguing markets - none more so than that for music. By separating production and consumption in space and time, commodification challenges the very conditions underlying economic exchange. This article explores authenticity as the institutional response to the commodification of music, rekindling the relationship between isolated market participants in the increasingly digitized world of music. Building upon the “Production of Culture” perspective, the authors unpack the commodification of music across five different institutional realms – (1) production, (2) consumption, (3) selection, (4) appropriation, and (5) classification – and provide a thoroughly relational account of authenticity as an institutional practice.