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ToK - Cultural Appropriation

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Transcript of ToK - Cultural Appropriation

Budapest
San
Francisco
Theory of Knowledge Presentation
Cultural Appropriation
What is wrong with cultural appropriation?
What is Cultural Appropriation?
The 'borrowing' of elements of a different culture
- e.g. Costume, jewellery, language, rituals, art forms
Native American Headdresses
cultural significance vs. aesthetics
Invalidates
"Who cares about culture?"
Romanticises
"It's so pretty, reality is irrelevant"
Homogenises
"All Native Americans wear warbonnets"
Commodifies
Native Culture: $19.99
Reinforces Stereotypes
Substance abuse issues
Underprivileged
(can't even afford clothing)
Eroticises
"Sexy Pocahontas" costumes present Native American women as objects
"How do we know the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?"
Knowledge Issue:
How can we be part of an interconnected and globalised world and share in the customs of other cultures without being insensitive and appropriative?

IB Mission and Strategy: "We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century."
Personal connection to this issue:
My own art
Semiotics & The Holi Festival
Semiotics: The study of signs, symbols and signification.
Signifier: Signified:
Image Word
"DOG"
The meaning: the dog itself
Semiotics & The Holi Festival
Holi
'The Color Run'
Positive outcomes of 'Cultural Appropriation'
Christianity
Haute Couture
Food
- Can human creativity ever be classified as truly original?
- What value must we attribute to our influences?
- At what point are outside influences on creative expression deemed inappropriate?

How do we know the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?
Ways of Knowing
Sense Perception
Emotion

Reason
Language

Sense Perception
Emotion
Reason
Language
Utilitarian
Kantian
Ethical Frameworks
"The greatest good for the greatest number"
Development of one's individual moral perspective
How do we know the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation?
Are my art pieces suitably influenced by other cultures or appropriative and offensive?
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