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Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

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A National Labor Project: Recovering Unprecedented Numbers Of Working Class Lives And Histories Through Art, Ed Check Jan 2010

A National Labor Project: Recovering Unprecedented Numbers Of Working Class Lives And Histories Through Art, Ed Check

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

I consider this essay an initial mapping where I reconstruct multiple ways of knowing and understanding the lived realities and plights of workers, whether they are manual workers, teachers or artists (Zandy, 2004). I use autobiography from a perspective of Standpoint Theory where I use the lives of working people as theory, method and evidence. I speak from my standpoint of my experiences as being raised white working class and my shift in salary and education to middle class.


What Is The Meaning Of “Art Means Work”? (A Critical Response To The A.I.M. Statement), Cathy A. Brooks Jan 1984

What Is The Meaning Of “Art Means Work”? (A Critical Response To The A.I.M. Statement), Cathy A. Brooks

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

The A.I.M Statement's endorsement of good work is significant; not as a guide that shows us a clear direction to follow, but for its manifestation of the social and economic contradictions that must be critically addressed if we are to forge a path toward realistic and effective art education for this society. It is that these contradictions have been exposed and my critical reflection prodded that I am most appreciative.