Art in Diverse Social Settings

Susana Gonçalves
Polytechnic of Coimbra, Portugal

Suzanne Majhanovich
Western University in London, Canada

Product Details
02 Mar 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
320 pages - 152 x 229mm


This edited collection examines the important and multi-varied role that art plays in today's diverse society. Art is linked to the worldviews and mind-sets from which it results and, as a complex and ambiguous product of culture and perception, it can only be truly understood from multiple perspectives.

Recognising this, Art in Diverse Social Settings brings together contributions from a diverse range of authors - including scholars and artists from different countries, artistic languages and art statements - to give fresh perspectives on central questions such as: What purpose(s) do the arts serve in contemporary diverse and pluralistic societies? What are the links between art and citizenship in a 'glocal' perspective? Can aesthetics be compared to faith, therapy or civic resistance? Is art a feasible tool to prevent and contest social injustice, raise social consciousness and resistance in the political arena? Can art promote social inclusion? How can artistic practices contribute to community development?

The book contains three parts including Part 1 with theoretical chapters, and Parts 2 and 3 that present exemplary case studies illustrating art as a medium for communication and intervention in professional organizations, public spaces and/or the community.
Introduction: Art In diverse social settings; Susana Goncalves and Suzanne Majhanovich
Part 1: The art of today and its meaning
Chapter 1: The purpose of contemporary art: Social and economic drivers; Susana Goncalves
Chapter 2: Is there a future for conceptual art?; Antonio Cabrita
Chapter 3: Art and Citizenship in Education: A Conceptual Framework; Andri Savva
Chapter 4: Art and spirituality: Two sides of the same human coin; Mark Carpenter
Part 2: Art, power and resistance
Chapter 5: Activist art and political philosophy; Ilya Falkovsky
Chapter 6: Theater, Resistance and Democratic Rupture; Zeca Carvalho and Marina Dias de Faria
Chapter 7: Art and Resistance: How a small national minority struggles to defend its cultural identity; Ilya Falkovsky
Chapter 8: "I rap therefore I am": Second generation rappers and Italian citizenship; Morena Cuconato
Chapter 9: German rap - a changing cultural field from a gender studies perspective; Heidi Süß and Beatrix Kreß
Part 3: Art, community and dialogue
Chapter 10: Art and the community; Susana Goncalves
Chapter 11: Crafting beauty together; Christian Campagnaro
Chapter 12: Participatory arts-based research: Insights from a project with migrant women; Concepción Maiztegui-Oñate
Chapter 13: Teaching art and design to crafts people in the Amazon/Brazil and Mozambique; Ana Mae Barbosa
Chapter 14: A Framework for Community Development through Street Art Culture; Luisa Fonseca Silva
Chapter 15: Qualities of Art in Citizenship Education; Andri Savva
Chapter 16: Diversity and cultural heritage in the Finnish pre-primary curriculum; Riitta Korhonen

Susana Gonçalves is a Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal, and Director of the Centre for the Study and Advancement of Pedagogy in Higher Education (CINEP). Her published works include Art and Intercultural Dialogue (edited with S. Majhanovich, 2016), The Challenges of Diversity and Intercultural Encounters (edited with M. Carpenter, 2013) and Intercultural Policies and Education (2011). She is also an amateur visual artist and photographer.

Suzanne Majhanovich is Professor Emerita/Adjunct Research Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the past Chair of the WCCES Standing Committee for Publications and the former editor of the journal Canadian and International Education. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and most recently has co-edited a special issue of the International Review of Education journal, entitled 'Language Learning to Support Active Social Inclusion: Issues and Challenges for Lifelong Learning' (2017).

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