Appreciation Or Appropriation? Tips for Staying Culturally Sensitive When Dressing in Costume


Susan Scafidi’s book on cultural appropriation was mentioned in a KSL article.

Fordham Law School Professor Susan Scafaldi, author of “Who Owns Culture?: Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law,” says in her book that there’s a difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation.

Scafaldi defines cultural appropriation as taking or using of elements, artifacts or knowledge of a certain culture without that culture’s permission.

“Some cultural products can be freely shared,” Scafaldi writes. “Others are devalued when appropriated by the majority culture.”

But those cultural elements can be appreciated by another culture without devaluing them, Scafaldi says.


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