2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Globalization, Cultural Appropriation, and New Age Religions: Exploring Appropriation in a Global World

Gianna N. Jamski
Dr.  Dereck Daschke, Faculty Mentor

In a global world, the discussion of cultural appropriation gains increasing prominence. Scholars debate on how to distinguish between appropriation and diffusion. Approaching the global world through a religious lens allows for a nuanced discussion of cultural appropriation. New Age religions draw from other cultures and illustrate an important concept to understanding appropriation. It is not so simple as pointing out a behavior and calling it appropriation. New Age religions can be both problematic and beneficial to minority cultures. This duality between harmful and beneficial is explored through defining cultural appropriation, exploring the harm and benefit of New Age religions, and analyzing a study of witches to show how to use the proposed definition of appropriation. This approach to cultural appropriation allows for nuanced discussions of the benefits and drawbacks of living in a global world. It is important to understand cultural appropriation and its relationship with globalization.

Keywords: Cultural Appropriation, New Age Religions, Witchcraft, Globalization, Colonialism

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion
PHRE Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 16-1
Location: https://flipgrid.com/a8b68415
Time: 0:00

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