Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2016

First Advisor

Margot Mifflin

Second Advisor

Jan Simpson

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

For centuries, fashion designers, music artists and other celebrities alike have borrowed elements or styles from other cultures for personal gain. In my piece, "The Blurred Lines of Cultural Appropriation," I demonstrate the countless ways celebrities have appropriated different cultures whether at high-end fashion shows or live music performances. Cultural appropriation refers to a privileged culture borrowing or stealing from a marginalized culture-- striping elements of the culture to use it as a prop or for profit. I also discuss how to avoid cultural appropriation and engage in respectful cultural appreciation.

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