GRC Terms - socially subordinated to the system that...

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GRC Terms Appropriation - this term can refer, in a neutral sense, to how we make sense of the meanings encoded into cultural texts, and incorporate these into our daily lives. It is frequently used by cultural critics to highlight power relations in an unequal society. Thus, appropriation can refer to the process whereby members of relatively privileged groups “raid” the culture of marginalized groups, abstracting cultural practices or artifacts from their historically specific contexts. Frequently, this involves co-optation, by which a cultural items resistant or counterhegemonic potential is lost through its translation into the dominant cultural context. Adding insult to injury, appropriation frequently means profit for the appropriator. Ethnocentrism- Hegemony- The term hegemony was developed by Italian Marxisttheorist Antonio Gramsci to refer to the process by wmich those in power secure the consent of the
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Unformatted text preview: socially subordinated to the system that oppresses or subordinates them. Rather than requiring overt force ( as represented by the military or police) the elite through their control of religious, educational, and media institutions, attempt to persuade the populace that the hierarchiacal social and economic system is fixed and natural, and therefore unchangeable. According to Gramsci, however, such consent is never secured once and for all, but must continually be sought, and there is always some room for resistance through subversive (counterhegemonic) cultural work. Marginalization- the social process of becoming or being made marginal (especially as a group within the larger society); "the marginalization of the underclass"; "the marginalization of literature"...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course WMS 1000 taught by Professor Tower during the Spring '07 term at Western Michigan.

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