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ERIC Number: EJ868008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Destination Raval Sud: A Visual Ethnography on Pedagogy, Aesthetics, and the Spatial Experience of Growing Up Urban
Trafi-Prats, Laura
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v51 n1 p6-20 2009
This article focuses on issues of childhood identity and urban environment. It discusses how a performance art pedagogy inspired by nomadic and relational aesthetics can provide a framework to promote creative learning experiences that address migratory conditions and forms of public alienation lived by young people today. As Lefebvre (1991) suggests, a group only can be recognized as distinctive from others when they have the capacity to generate space. Taking this idea as a starting point, the article holds an interdisciplinary perspective and connects ideas from fields outside art education including reconstructionist studies of childhood, contemporary aesthetics, and critical pedagogy. It studies how public places and spaces are imagined and transformed from a child-sensitive perspective, and how children are public cultural agents and creators of visual culture. This theoretical discussion is projected into the interpretation of a visual ethnographic study centered on visual strategies, field narratives, and outcomes of migrant children documenting their urban environment, El Raval Sud, an intercultural neighborhood situated in Barcelona's downtown. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Barcelona)