Anthropology / Everything Human

Confronting the Specter of Cultural Appropriation

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  • cultural appropriation

    Confronting the Specter of Cultural Appropriation

    From Halloween costumes to haute couture, ethnic foods to movies, the danger of appropriating another culture seems to be everywhere. How do we weigh the difference between celebrating and stealing someone else’s culture?

  • dictionary prejudice

    The Power of the Dictionary

    Dictionaries are typically viewed as being value-neutral. But they are just as steeped in culture and prejudice as the rest of the world—and they have the power to shape what we see as “normal.”

  • Dancing “My Humps” in Rural China

    Middle-aged women use private online space to organize their public square-dancing performances. The new technology has changed their dance moves—and their lives.