Cultural Appropriation in the U.S.

Guðrun Henrysdóttir, Lisa Mai Møller Jensen, Vaitza Papakonstantinou & Michael Simmonds

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project set out to explore how cultural appropriation, culture and ‘black culture’ are represented in the three YouTube videos of Amandla Stenberg, Marina Watanabe and Aaliyah Jihad respectively within a Northern American context. By applying Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse analysis and Stuart Hall’s Representation it becomes apparent that all three speakers agree that cultural appropriation manifests itself widely and unequivocally. It involves the taking of objects or practices, usually by defined dominant groups who do so without permission or reciprocity. Moreover theories on cultural appropriation by Richard A. Rogers, James O. Young and Bruce Ziff & Pratima Rao present an academic account for cultural appropriation. Ultimately the extent of one’s agreement or disagreement with the perspective that cultures possess innate, essential traits will characterise one’s position on if cultural appropriation should be tolerated or not. Neither the speakers of the videos nor the scholars provide an approach which consequently solve the issue between poststructuralism and essentialism, since it would require a renunciation of categories.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2015
VejledereHeidi Bojsen


  • culture
  • Cultural appropriation