Cultural Appropriation and the Arts

Cultural Appropriation and the Arts

Author(s): James O. Young

Published Online: 7 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405176569

Online ISBN: 9780470694190

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694190

About this Book

Now, for the first time, a philosopher undertakes a systematic investigation of the moral and aesthetic issues to which cultural appropriation gives rise.

  • Cultural appropriation is a pervasive feature of the contemporary world (the Parthenon Marbles remain in London; white musicians from Bix Beiderbeck to Eric Clapton have appropriated musical styles from African-American culture)
  • Young offers the first systematic philosophical investigation of the moral and aesthetic issues to which cultural appropriation gives rise
  • Tackles head on the thorny issues arising from the clash and integration of cultures and their artifacts
  • Questions considered include: "Can cultural appropriation result in the production of aesthetically successful works of art?" and "Is cultural appropriation in the arts morally objectionable?"
  • Part of the highly regarded New Directions in Aesthetics series

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