Who Owns Culture?

Sunday, September 18, 2022

What Is It

Fashion designers, musicians, and Halloween costume wearers have been accused of engaging in cultural appropriation. In some cases, the alleged appropriator is quick to apologize; in others, they defend their actions as merely an attempt to appreciate a different culture. So why do we find cultural appropriation morally objectionable? Is there a clear-cut way to tell whether we’re exploring or exploiting? And can we come up with principles that allow artists to be inspired while also allowing communities to hold on to what is theirs? Josh and Ray mix it up with Dominic Lopes from the University of British Columbia, author ofBeing for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value.


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Tim Smith

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 -- 4:28 PM

Appropriation only raises

Appropriation only raises issues when it comes with oppression which it historically has.

Michelle Gelfand at the Stanford Business School has popularized tight and loose cultures. This helps think about ownership. Also helpful is the Geert Hofstede 6D model -https://geerthofstede.com/culture-geert-hofstede-gert-jan-hofstede/6d-mo...

I recently watched Reservation Dogs on Hulu, and learned more about being an American than Native American culture, which is not appropriation as much as admiration. When you are down culture brings you back if you find truth there.

I don't begrudge anyone truth as long as there is no oppression. That is possible. Ask Ted Lasso.


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