Chapter 9. Objects of Appropriation

  1. James O. Young Professor and
  2. Conrad G. Brunk Professor past director
  1. Andrea N. Walsh visual anthropologist2 and
  2. Dominic McIver Lopes Distinguished Professor associate dean1

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444311099.ch9

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation

How to Cite

Walsh, A. N. and Lopes, D. M. (2009) Objects of Appropriation, in The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (eds J. O. Young and C. G. Brunk), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311099.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of Victoria, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 2

    University of Victoria, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161596

Online ISBN: 9781444311099



  • objects of appropriation;
  • object appropriation, taking possession of objects for use and exhibition in foreign contexts;
  • Thomas and Hill, engaging in acts of appropriation;
  • object appropriation, being plain theft;
  • monuments, representing national history;
  • work of Thomas and Hill, challenging equation of history-making meaning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Monument as Museum, Museum as Monument

  • Arts of Appropriation

  • Appropriation, Property and Oppression

  • Appropriation, Memory and Identity

  • References