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  1. Africa: Cultural Appropriation - When 'Borrowing' Becomes Exploitation
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The idea of "cultural appropriation" has recently entered mainstream debates about the ways in which African cultural creations are used, borrowed and imitated by others. In fashion, art, music and beyond, some people now argue that certain African cultural symbols and products are off-limits to non-Africans.
  2. Away with the gatekeepers!
    The bane of cultural appropriation

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    On the the controversies over 'cultural appropriation' and what they reveal about the degradation of contemporary campaigns for social justice.
  3. Buy Banned Books
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    The article takes a look at 'banned books' in the social media era, where the 'imagination police' dominate and a form of 'fictional aparteid' is taking place, and moreover why we have a duty to buy them.
  4. The Great Book Robbery
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2012
    As Palestinians were expelled from their land in 1948, librarians from Israel’s National Library followed the militias as they forced their way into Palestinian homes. Their mission was to collect as many valuable books, manuscripts, photographs and artworks as possible – an estimated 70,000 books were seized.
  5. In Defense of Cultural Appropriation
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    It is just as well that I’m a writer, not an editor. Were I editing a newspaper or magazine, I might soon be out of a job. For this is an essay in defense of cultural appropriation. In Canada last month, three editors lost their jobs after making such a defense.
  6. Israeli museum transfer sets 'dangerous precedent'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A recent court ruling sanctioned the move of a rare archaeological library from East to West Jerusalem.
  7. The Myth of 'Cultural Appropriation'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Arguing that certain people don’t have the right to tell certain stories is a distraction from the real menace: inequality.
  8. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in every part of the world.
    We are always concerned, not only with what is wrong with the world, but what to do about it.
    This issue carries an excerpt from Umair Mohammed's book 'Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism' in which he warns against the pitfalls of individualist and consumer-oriented approaches and argues in favour of collective action to build an effective movement.
    Derrick Jensen considers some of the arguments in favour of pacifism and finds them wanting. He agrees that creative approaches to social change can oftentimes make violence unnecessary, but that sometimes violence is a necessary response to violence.
    Another article looks at the decline of liberation theology, targeted as a threat by both the Vatican and secular power structures.
    Kenan Malik considers the issue of "cultural appropriation" and asks why so many on theso-called left are more interested in criticizing Justin Bieber's hairstyle than in fighting capitalism.
  9. The Real Value of Diversity
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2002
    The real failure of multiculturalism is its failure to understand what is valuable about cultural diversity. There is nothing good in itself about diversity. It is important because it allows us to compare and contrast different values, beliefs and lifestyles, make judgements upon them, and decide which are better and which worse. It is important, in other words, because it allows us to engage in political dialogue and debate that can help create more universal values and beliefs. But it is precisely such dialogue and debate, and the making of such judgements, that multiculturalism attempts to suppress in the name of 'tolerance' and 'respect'.
  10. Stealing History
    Tomb Raiders,Smugglers,and the Looting of the Ancient World

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
  11. What's Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A liberal feminist view of "cultural appropriation."
  12. Who is appropriating what?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Last week the novelist Lionel Shriver gave the keynote address at the Brisbane Writers Festival. It did not go well. She addressed the question of 'Fiction and identity politics' (apparently the organizers had originally asked her to talk about 'community and belonging', but she had submitted to them a different topic), providing a robust critique of identity politics and of the idea of ‘cultural appropriation’.

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