‘The industrious muse?’ Commodification and craft in further and higher education

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Esmond, B. 2022. ‘The industrious muse?’ Commodification and craft in further and higher education . in: Broadhead, S. (ed.) The industrialisation of arts education London Palgrave McMillan. pp. 23–39
AuthorsEsmond, B.
EditorsBroadhead, S.
Abstract

The place of subjects in curriculum is increasingly defined by their perceived contribution to student employability and economic competitiveness, with arts education repositioned as subordinate to creative industries. These issues are raised especially sharply in post-16 education, where discourses of practical activity and ‘craft’ appear favourable to creative subjects, yet these conform uneasily to norms of ‘industry placement’ in recent technical education reforms. On the basis of a series of research projects in post-16 education, it is argued that these developments reflect not outright hostility to the arts but their complex relationship with the commodification of education and with greater inequality within this sector, across educational phases and in society. The arts, which provide insights and promote values that provide a poor fit with much of the contemporary UK government agenda, have their own inequalities and relationship with social inequality. However, at a time of health, economic and climate emergencies, they also offer possibilities to rethink how the whole project of learning about work can contribute to a sustainable and socially just world.

KeywordsArt; craft; technology; technical education; vocational education and training
Page range23–39
Year2022
Book titleThe industrialisation of arts education
PublisherPalgrave McMillan
Place of publicationLondon
Edition1st
ISBN9783031050169
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05017-6_2
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-05017-6_2
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Online18 Nov 2022
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Accepted14 Jan 2022
Deposited08 Apr 2022
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