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Cultural appropriation: when ‘borrowing’ becomes exploitation

Benin bronzes that were looted by British soldiers. flickr Olufunmilayo Arewa, University of California, Irvine 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 …

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