The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

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Conrad G. Brunk, James O. Young
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 30, 2009 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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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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1 Introduction
2 Archaeological Finds Legacies of Appropriation Modes of Response
3 The Appropriation of Human Remains A First Nations Legal and Ethical Perspective
4 The Repatriation of Human Remains
5 The Skin Off Our Backs Appropriation of Religion
6 Genetic Research and Culture Where Does the Offense Lie?
7 Appropriation of Traditional Knowledge Ethics in the Context of Ethnobiology
8 A Broken Record Subjecting Music to Cultural Rights
9 Objects of Appropriation
10 Do Subaltern Artifacts Belong in Art Museums?
11 Nothing Comes from Nowhere Reflections on Cultural Appropriation as the Representation of Other Cultures

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James O. Young is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria. He has published more than 40 journal articles on the philosophy of language and the philosophy of art and is the author of Global Anti-realism (1995) and Art and Knowledge (2001) and Cultural Appropriation and the Arts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Conrad G. Brunk is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He is the author of numerous articles and texts on ethical issues relating to technology, the environment, law, and professional practice. Dr. Brunk consults regularly for governments and international organizations on environmental and health risk management and technology policy issues.

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