Appropriation and Marginalized Communities: A Synthesis and Interpretation of Existing Research


  • Siyao Hong



Cultural Appropriation, Fashion Industry, Post-colonial Theory, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Commodification


In exploring the interplay between fashion and cultural identity, this study scrutinizes the recurring issue of cultural appropriation within the fashion industry. The research foregrounds the industry's tendency to commodify cultural symbols without consent or compensation, a practice rooted in power imbalances and historical colonialism. It synthesizes current findings on such appropriations' ethical and economic implications, revealing a consistent disregard for original cultural expressions' intrinsic value and significance. Central to the findings is the call for a conscientious reformation of fashion's cultural engagements, emphasizing reciprocity and respect. This work underscores the urgent need to address these disparities and honours cultural legacies, advocating for an equitable dialogue between the fashion industry and cultural custodians.


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How to Cite

Hong, S. (2024). Appropriation and Marginalized Communities: A Synthesis and Interpretation of Existing Research. International Journal of Social Sciences and Public Administration, 3(2), 489-501.

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