Eclecticism or Incompetence? — 2 Comments

  1. This is part of the reason that I’ve been shying away from the word “eclectic” lately.  People tend to assume being “eclectic” means you just pick and choose what you want without any regard for where it came from, and what you’ve described is why people tend to think that.

    A lot of people don’t seem to understand that everything has cultural context behind it.  And I’ve noticed this happening with Native American cultures, especially.  People will lump a bunch of stuff that’s even vaguely Native and refer to it as Native American (as if Native Americans all share one culture) or apply it to one specific tribe (Navajo turns up in this way a lot).

    I agree, this type of thing is more appropriation than eclecicism.

    • In medicine they use the term “integrative,” which emphasizes the determination to maintain a certain perspective. Whether you agree with that perspective or not, it does avoid the pitfalls of “pick and choose.”