Vogue Investigates: The State Of Cultural Appropriation & Why It Needs To Change

Modupe Oloruntoba - Vogue
January 26, 2020

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There’s very little to be said about cultural appropriation that hasn’t been said before, but as the theft and misuse of cultural elements continues, so does the conversation. A universal definition would be a good place to start, but Brigitte Vézina, CIGI fellow, said in an interview with Vogue that a key challenge is agreeing on what qualifies as appropriation.

“There have to be four elements present,” she says. “The first one will be the use of a cultural element in a different context from its original customary context. The second element will be a power imbalance between the source …

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