James O. Young and Conrad G. Brunk, editors of The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation, describe the adoption of language, music, art, systems of thought, values, or behaviors of a particular culture by another as cultural appropriation (CA). We may usefully consider what identity, temporal, social, political, and economic realities and concerns affect interpretation of cultural imitation and/or adaptation. In their review, Christopher Edwards and Delice Coffey state, "We believe that 'Involuntary Automotive Acquisition' is to Grand Theft Auto as CA is to theft of a culture's identity." Is cultural appropriation from a minority or disenfranchised culture by a majority or controlling culture recognition of creativity, artistry, or greatness, or exploitation and dehumanizing parody? Is the music industry’s appropriation of "hip hop" a positive or negative event?
By Christopher L. Edwards [and] Delice Coffey
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(15)