(1) The first step in the act of theft e.g. "A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it;" 1968 Theft Act(2) an act of cultural practice, e.g. "Everyday life invents itself by poaching in countless ways on the propoerty of others," Michel de Certeau, The Practice Of Everyday Life, (1984)
The process by which often innovative or resistant cultural forms are taken up, incorporated, and commodified by the culture industry. One of the most frequently cited examples is that of punk, which, though it developed as a dissident movement in working-class England, was quickly marketed by major fashion designers, music labels, and other producers of mass youth culture. In analysis of popular cultural forms, appropriation is often viewed pessimistically as evidence of the power of late capitalism to absorb dissent into itself and turn it around for a profit; however, it is important to remember that resistance continues to circulate and change in form, even as its products are co-opted by a dominant culture.
Term used to describe an artist’s practice of borrowing from an external source for a new work of art. While in previous centuries artists often copied one another’s figures, motifs, or compositions, in modern times the sources for appropriation extend from material culture to wholesale lifting of others’ works of art.