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The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

James O. Young (Editor), Conrad G. Brunk (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-32716-8

Dec 2014

320 pages

$121.95

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The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation undertakes a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the moral and aesthetic questions that arise from the practice of cultural appropriation.
  • Explores cultural appropriation in a wide variety of contexts, among them the arts and archaeology, museums, and religion
  • Questions whether cultural appropriation is always morally objectionable
  • Includes research that is equally informed by empirical knowledge and general normative theory
  • Provides a coherent and authoritative perspective gained by the collaboration of philosophers and specialists in the field who all participated in this unique research project

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Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xii

Artist Statement xvii
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1. Introduction 1

2. Archaeological Finds: Legacies of Appropriation, Modes of Response 11
George P. Nicholas and Alison Wylie

3. The Appropriation of Human Remains: A First Nations Legal and Ethical Perspective 55
James [Sakej] Youngblood Henderson

4. The Repatriation of Human Remains 72
Geoffrey Scarre

5. 'The Skin Off Our Backs': Appropriation of Religion 93
Conrad G. Brunk and James O. Young

6. Genetic Research and Culture: Where Does the Offense Lie? 115
Daryl Pullman and Laura Arbour

7. Appropriation of Traditional Knowledge: Ethics in the Context of Ethnobiology 140
Kelly Bannister and Maui Solomon (Part I) Conrad G. Brunk (Part II)

8. A Broken Record: Subjecting 'Music' to Cultural Rights 173
Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Rosemary J. Coombe with Fiona MacArailt

9. Objects of Appropriation 211
Andrea N. Walsh and Dominic McIver Lopes

10. Do Subaltern Artifacts Belong in Art Museums? 235
A.W. Eaton and Ivan Gaskell

11. 'Nothing Comes from Nowhere': Refl ections on Cultural

Appropriation as the Representation of Other Cultures 268
James O. Young and Susan Haley

Index 290

""""There are several characteristics that make this collection of essays an admirable endeavour: the breadth of questions and disciplines covered - music, arts, archaeology, genetics, religion, ethnobiology - in an interdisciplinary dialogue moderated by
philosophers; the passionate engagement of the authors with the ethics of appropriation of subaltern cultures by dominant Western cultures; the incisiveness of the debates over each theme discussed (one author debating with another before giving his/her own point
of view in the shape of an individual article); the soundness of theoretical arguments and the stunning and provocative examples debated."" (Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute, 2011)

“Young and Brunk present an extraordinarily cerebral and thorough exploration of cultural appropriation as it is experienced in the arts, religion, and archaeology. Seemingly diverse and even disparate areas that are the targets of cultural appropriation are intricately woven together with the thread of the transmission of information from one culture to another.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2010)
  • Examines the moral and aesthetic questions that arise from cultural appropriation in a wide variety of contexts, among them the arts and archaeology, museums, and religion
  • Questions whether cultural appropriation is always morally objectionable
  • Includes research that is equally informed by empirical knowledge and general normative theory
  • Provides a coherent and authoritative perspective gained by the collaboration of philosophers and specialists in the field who all participated in this unique research project