While the term “cultural heritage” typically conjures up the idea of a single society, this is far from the case. In fact, artists, scientists, craftsmen, and musicians are inspired by other cultures and learn from their work. Pablo Picasso drew inspiration from African masks, while freed African-American slaves built homes reminiscent of neoclassical plantation mansions. In addition to educating people about the world’s rich heritage, cultural heritage protects the environment and contributes to economic development.
The debates surrounding cultural heritage are complicated, as the concepts used to define it are often implicit. The difference between official and unofficial heritage is useful when attempting to challenge dominant historical narratives. Moreover, many heritage scholars are hesitant to embrace process-oriented approaches to heritage in favor of traditional material concerns. In such cases, they may think that the traditional material values of official heritage are meaningful. On the other hand, a cultural perspective may challenge these assumptions.
Despite the importance of cultural heritage, it can be difficult to protect it. Many countries have passed laws that require owners to return stolen cultural property. In many cases, this is difficult, because it entails transferring ownership of valuable items to foreign nations. However, if a state wants to keep a piece of cultural property, it has the right to do so. The case of a stolen cultural object can be complicated by multiple competing interests.
There are a number of ethical concerns associated with displaying cultural heritage. Some Western art museums have traditionally viewed non-Western artworks in a different light, often relegating them to anthropological museums or not giving them a relevant cultural context. In addition to these ethical concerns, museums are also challenged for misrepresenting non-Western cultures and failing to include members of the cultural group in the decision-making process. It is important to note that cultural heritage is not a simple collection of tangible goods, and that the concept of cultural property does not limit its use.
Another common concern regarding cultural property is ownership. Many cultures claim ownership of their cultural property. The question then becomes, what happens to the property? Can the original owner return it? If so, how is the ownership of the cultural property in question? One answer lies in the moral justification of the transfer. Historically, the ownership of a cultural object can be contested among multiple cultural groups, and repatriation could involve the return of human remains.
Understanding culture is crucial to treating all clients effectively. For this reason, the consensus panel recommends that all practitioners should consider their own cultural heritage and the influences of their own cultural experiences on their work. Identifying the cultural experiences of a client and their own culture is an essential first step in ensuring a positive counseling experience for both. Then, once the client and clinician feel comfortable with a counselor, they are more likely to use the service.
Moreover, cultural appropriation is also morally acceptable when other values outweigh the perceived offense. In some cases, cultural appropriation benefits the community in question. When cultural appropriation happens without due consideration for the rights of the recipient, the resulting repercussions are profound. It is important to remember that the act of appropriation is not only harmful to the individual, but also to the culture. It can also have negative effects on the reputation of a person.