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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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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors ix
Artist Statement xvii
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
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
What People are Saying About This
"To read these essays is to eavesdrop on a roomful of thinkers locked in spirited debate about the meaning of cultural appropriation. What knits the chapters together is the authors’ shared desire to clarify what’s at stake when outsiders copy, collect, or steal the biological and cultural resources of subaltern peoples."
–Michael F. Brown, Williams College
"This breakthrough collection is a splendid demonstration of the benefits of collaborative interdisciplinary research to produce strikingly original scholarship. We are the beneficiaries. Talented teams of leading philosophers with outstanding specialists in a wide range of disciplines examine the enormously complex ethical challenges of cultural appropriation. This is a model for scholarship in an increasingly complex era of intellectual globalization."
–Julie C. Van Camp, California State University, Long Beach