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Cultural appropriation


  • Here are entered works on the often unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of elements of a minority culture by members of a dominant culture. Works on cultural change caused by prolonged contact between social groups, leading to a change in one or both cultures, are entered under [Acculturation.] Works on the absorption of a minority group into the culture, values, and social behaviors of the dominant culture are entered under [Assimilation (Sociology)]

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    • Appropriation, Cultural
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat: The ethics of cultural appropriation, 2012:back cover (Because cultural appropriation is "usually seen as being inextricably bound with the oppression of minority cultures, the topic itself is often controversial and inspires passionate debates.")
    • found: World Heritage Encyclopedia, c2016, viewed online March 2, 2018:definition of Cultural appropriation ("Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a largely negative phenomenon. Generally, an assumption that the culture being borrowed from is also being oppressed by the culture doing the borrowing is prerequisite to the concept." "According to proponents of the theory, cultural appropriation differs from acculturation or assimilation in that the 'appropriation' or 'misappropriation' refers to the adoption of these cultural elements in a colonial manner: elements are copied from a minority culture by members of the dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context -- sometimes even against the expressed, stated wishes of representatives of the originating culture.") - http://worldheritage.org/article/WHEBN0001982394/Cultural%20appropriation
    • found: English Oxford Dictionary, viewed online March 2, 2018("cultural appropriation: The unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.") - https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cultural_appropriation
    • found: Rome, empire of plunder : the dynamics of cultural appropriation, 2018.
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on the often unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of elements of a minority culture by members of a dominant culture. Works on cultural change caused by prolonged contact between social groups, leading to a change in one or both cultures, are entered under [Acculturation.] Works on the absorption of a minority group into the culture, values, and social behaviors of the dominant culture are entered under [Assimilation (Sociology)]
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    • Notes under [Acculturation; Assimilation (Sociology)]
  • Change Notes

    • 2018-05-08: new
    • 2018-07-13: revised
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