Difference: A Critical Investigation of the Arts

Grierson, E 2007, 'Difference: A Critical Investigation of the Arts', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 531-542.

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Title Difference: A Critical Investigation of the Arts
Author(s) Grierson, E
Year 2007
Journal name Educational Philosophy and Theory
Volume number 39
Issue number 5
Start page 531
End page 542
Total pages 12
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract This paper brings a critical focus to difference and the creative arts in education with specific attention to art as a site of knowledge in New Zealand conditions. The 1990s and early 2000s are marked by a paucity of critically engaged literature on the arts in education and a conspicuous absence of discussions on the politics of difference. Alongside the global return to empirical research in education where quantifiable data-based projects tend to attract attention ahead of fundamentally crucial questions of philosophical and critical registers, there has been an apparent reinvention of liberal humanistic concepts of creative practice. These tendencies are coupled with strategic political alignments of creativity with industry. The outcome appears to be a withering of attention to the politics of difference on the vine of educational philosophy, policy and practice in art education. The paper suggests that if the creative arts are to hold or gain any purchase in the stakes of education in a global world this vine must be tended and revitalised through a rigorous application of critically framed questions so that discourses of difference can be recognised as a social and political responsibility in the art educational encounter.
Subject History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
Cultural Theory
Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Politics of Difference
Critical Engagement
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00246.x
ISSN 0013-1857
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