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ERIC Number: EJ1154568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Challenging Neoliberalism and Multicultural Love in Art Therapy
Gipson, Leah
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v34 n3 p112-117 2017
In this article, I examine the ties between neoliberalism and multiculturalism in art therapy in the United States. I explore the neoliberal privatization of society as an influence of individualistic norms in the profession. I explain my analysis of multiculturalism using the 1954 film "Magnificent Obsession" and introduce the concept of a culturally situated love without ethical limits. This type of ideal love functions in art therapy as an expression of white privilege and multicultural color-blindness. I also describe the project Divisive, a collaborative live radio talk show, as an example of how I use my artist practice to engage in self-reflexive dialogue about ethics in art therapy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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