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“Culture Vultures”: How Ethnic Minorities Attending Universities Respond to Cultural Appropriation

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dc.contributor.advisor Liinamaa, Saara Meligrana, Sofia 2022-05-16T17:35:00Z 2022-05-16T17:35:00Z 2022-05 2022-04-25
dc.description.abstract Canada is often described as a multicultural mosaic, home to an ethnically diverse population where individuals navigate interacting with their own and other’s cultures. While this implies an organic transmission of cultures, it also invites instances of cultural appropriation and necessitates the challenge of confronting what exactly the concept entails. Cultural appropriation is a complex concept that is inconsistently defined in the literature. This research presents data from semi-structured interviews with 11 university students who identify as ethnic minorities to understand how they conceptualize cultural appropriation and navigate its muddy waters. A media analysis was also conducted to provide additional context. The findings were that cultural appropriation holds an overwhelmingly negative connotation. Key concerns included the exploitation, misrepresentation, erasure, and degradation of marginalized cultures. A guidepost reflecting participants’ viewpoints was developed for evaluating cultural appropriation on a case-by-case basis. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en
dc.subject erasure en_US
dc.subject ethnicity en_US
dc.subject exploitation en_US
dc.subject racialization en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject cultural production en_US
dc.subject cultural exchange en_US
dc.subject cultural appropriation en_US
dc.subject canada en_US
dc.subject borrowing en_US
dc.subject boundaries en_US
dc.subject multicultural en_US
dc.subject misrepresent en_US
dc.title “Culture Vultures”: How Ethnic Minorities Attending Universities Respond to Cultural Appropriation en_US
dc.type Thesis en Sociology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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