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Cultural Appropriation and the Arts

James O. Young

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie


Now, for the first time, a philosopher undertakes a systematicinvestigation of the moral and aesthetic issues to which culturalappropriation gives rise. * Cultural appropriation is a pervasive feature of thecontemporary world (the Parthenon Marbles remain in London; whitemusicians from Bix Beiderbeck to Eric Clapton have appropriatedmusical styles from African-American culture) * Young offers the first systematic philosophical investigationof the moral and aesthetic issues to which cultural appropriationgives rise * Tackles head on the thorny issues arising from the clash andintegration of cultures and their artifacts * Questions considered include: "Can cultural appropriationresult in the production of aesthetically successful works ofart?" and "Is cultural appropriation in the artsmorally objectionable?" * Part of the highly regarded New Directions in Aestheticsseries


(Journal of Cult Economy, 25 March 2011)
"Cultural Appropriation and the Arts, by James O. Young,provides an analytical, comprehensive overview of ethical andaesthetic issues concerning cultural appropriation."
(Choice, November 2008)
"Young tackles an ambitious subject in this book. Culture,appropriation, and art, the keywords in the book's title, are allnotoriously difficult to define. Young does not dedicate his bookto defining these terms. Instead he clarifies family resemblancesof these concepts, which he uses to make a case against culturalappropriation generally and the incorporation of culturalappropriation in the arts specifically. Recommended."
(Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
"The chief virtue of the book, [is] the conceptualclarifications Young brings to this diffuse topic, in particularthe basic distinctions among types of appropriation."
-Michael F. Brown, Williams College, author of WhoOwns Native Culture?
"This book could only have come about through many years oftravel and scholarly investigation. It is a valuable introductionfor those not familiar with the literature on this interestingsubject. Cultural Appropriation and the Arts will become thestandard work in this field for many years to come, andundergraduates could gain every bit as much from its interestingexamples and clear arguments as graduate students and professionalscan." (Phil Jenkins, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism,vol. 67, no.)"Thank goodness for James O. Young! Finally someone has cut throughthe cant associated with cultural appropriation, weighed the issueswith care and a keen eye for irony, and clarified the ethicallimits of intercultural borrowing. This concise, accessible bookwill be a bracing tonic for anyone interested in the global artmarket, cultural property, and dilemmas of social justice in aworld of disappearing borders."
-Stephen Davies, The University of Auckland
"Young's offers a measured and sensitive analysis of the moraland aesthetic issues raised by cultural appropriation. He praisesresponsible cultural appropriation and distinguishes this fromcultural appropriation that amount to theft and assault or thatcause profound offense. An interesting contribution to a topic thathas not received the attention from aestheticians that itdeserves."
-Dennis Dutton, University of Canterbury, NewZealand
"Here at last is a philosophical work that cuts through theprecious nonsense and rhetoric written about the kinds ofappropriation bound to occur when the arts of one people bump upagainst the arts of another. James O. Young is acutely sensitive tothe political sentiments that cloud these issues, but completelyclear and rigorous in his analysis. In its incisiveness andhonesty, Cultural Appropriation and the Arts is a majorcontribution to cross-cultural aesthetics."



Sozialphilosophie, Ästhetik, Aesthetics, Social Philosophy, Philosophie, Philosophy