Effects Of Cultural Appropriation

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Whilst the effects of cultural appropriation raises concerns for discrimination and loss of identity within a culture, it can also result in tension between dominant and nondominant cultural groups. Dominant cultural groups such as Western culture are deemed leaders in fashion, multinational brands and music/film industries, influencing minority groups including Native Americans, African Americans and Japanese culture. In a rapidly evolving society, globalisation ascends towards a more interconnected world through advancements in technology. The process of globalisation have exposed individuals to a broader number of people from different ethnicities and interaction has thus heightened across the world; subsequently, words, phrases and trends…show more content…
Cultural appropriation is problematic as minority groups are overshadowed by ‘superior’ cultural groups. Nonetheless, it cannot simply be argued that all examples of cultural appropriation are offensive. Rather, its effects can be context dependent and highly subjective to an individual. Ultimately, this essay seeks to explore the pitfalls, shortcomings and problems of cultural appropriation. This concept of cultural appropriation can be divided into four sections: cultural exchange, cultural dominance, cultural domination and transculturalisation. Cultural exchange is the foundation of cultural appropriation. Cultural exchange entails ‘the swapping of language, ideas, customs and social behavior’ between two cultures. As McLuhan correctly predicts, the world has become more globally connected, making the process of cultural exchange - through the advancements of technology - to be extremely prevalent in today’s society. ‘Cultural appropriation is inescapable, but that is not to say all acts of appropriation are equal.’ (Richard A. Rogers, 2006). As noted by Rogers, not all acts of appropriation are equal, some acts are offensive and others have no…show more content…
Culture is central to an individual’s identity, thus the borrowing of another cultures identity can be seen as disrespectful and offensive if the significance behind it is unknown to the individual expressing it or if the individual fails to acknowledge the culture. Though society takes offense to certain cultural appropriation, certain acts of cultural appropriation are being used out of context. Whilst ‘globalisation could lead to the homogenisation’(O’Shaughnessy and Stadler, 458) there’s concern for the westernization of the world, consequently, it is important that we respect the meaning behind other cultures and are careful not overshadow the minority groups. ‘Faced with that inevitability, let us not lose sight of the ideal of a better kind of globalisation, an exchange among equals in which cultures borrow from each other judiciously and selectively, and where what crosses borders most easily are not brand names, but good ideas.’ (A.

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