Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies


Mass Communications.


Cunningham, S.




'Voice appropriation' or 'cultural appropriation' can be described broadly as the practice by authors, painters, film makers, and other artists of depicting characters, themes, or 'voices' from cultures not their own, often with first person intimacy and the implied authority of someone on the 'inside'. This thesis offers a comprehensive examination of the complex issue of voice appropriation. It thereby provides a corrective to simplistic accounts found in the Canadian press. After defining voice appropriation and situating the practice in a broad historical context, this thesis identifies a number of the most common voice appropriation arguments. These arguments are arranged into a typology based on similar themes, and then compared and analyzed in terms of their rhetorical type and ethical strength. Rhetorical theory, argumentation theory and ethical analysis are consecutively applied in this study as tools to increase our understanding and appreciation of voice appropriation in all of its philosophical, rhetorical and moral complexity.Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .B66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0011. Adviser: Stan Cunningham. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.