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ERIC Number: EJ1145816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Political and Aesthetic Equality in the Work of Jacques Rancière: Applying His Writing to Debates in Education and the Arts
McDonnell, Jane
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v51 n2 p387-400 May 2017
This paper draws on insights from Jacques Rancière's writing on politics and aesthetics to offer new perspectives on debates in education and the arts. The paper addresses three debates in turn; the place of contemporary art in schools and gallery education, the role of art in democratic education and the blurring of boundaries between participatory art and community education. I argue that Rancière's work helps to illuminate some essentialist assumptions behind dichotomous arguments about contemporary art in the classroom--both over-hyped claims about its value, and exaggerated fears about its threat to educational values alike. On democratic education I argue that his work highlights the importance of the aesthetic dimensions of democratic learning and, on art and community education, I issue caution against readings of Rancière's work that frame his contribution as a 'rehabilitation' of the aesthetic. Although each debate is tackled discretely, the paper advances the overall argument that attention to equality in Rancière's work--both aesthetic and political--is vital when applying his philosophy to debates that occupy the boundaries of education, politics and art.
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Language: English
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