Tag Archives: Globalisation

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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England’s identity: fans sing football’s coming home, but what is home?

Johan Rewilak, Aston University and Daniel Fitzpatrick, Aston University Sport matters to national identity. The pageantry of flags, emblems and anthems (both official and unofficial) load sport with symbolism and imagery of the nation. One of the key reasons governments spend billions of dollars to host sporting mega events is to build or reinforce a sense of national identity. However, …

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Will coronavirus be the turning point for globalisation?

Shutterstock Steve Schifferes, City, University of London There is a widespread belief that nothing will ever be the same after the coronavirus pandemic, with society, the role of government and the economy changing forever. Some predict we will see a society that shows more solidarity and a new economic model that works for all, and perhaps a greater spirit of …

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Exploring the Indian Ocean as a rich archive of history – above and below the water line

Shutterstock Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand and Charne Lavery, University of Pretoria On many beaches around the Indian Ocean, keen observers may spot bits of broken pottery. Washed smooth by the ocean, these shards are in all likelihood hundreds of years old, from centres of ceramic production like the Middle Eastern Abbasid caliphate and the Chinese Ming dynasty. Originally …

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