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Brandon Rivera, Imani Ashmore, Julia Skierszynask and Kayla Lammerts, CWP 102: Argumentation and Research
Faculty Mentors: Professor Jane E. Sullivan, English and Professor Susan Mary Paige, Student Academic Success

Cultural appropriation is the act of taking things from a culture and either claiming them as your own, or not giving credit to the culture you took from. Cultural appropriation is not new in media; it has been going on for decades. The only difference today is that we have social media highlighting acts of cultural appropriation that used to be ignored or go unnoticed. The question of how one can know whether they are truly appropriating or appreciating is discussed regularly. With prior IRB approval, we surveyed students at a public four-year urban college, as a sample of convenience. We asked study participants to respond to intentional and unintentional situations of cultural appropriation in the media, asking them if they deemed the scenarios presented as acceptable or unacceptable. We believe our study supports the idea that cultural appropriation in media and advertising isn’t as unintentional as people like to pretend it is, and that study participants can identify when cultural appropriation is occurring.

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My Culture is Not for Your Fun
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