The Paradox of Creativity in Art Education

Bourdieu and Socio-cultural Practice

  • Kerry Thomas

About this book


This book examines the paradox of creativity in art education and proposes a possible resolution. Based on the findings of a longitudinal ethnographic study as a particular case of creative practice in art education, this book is underpinned by Bourdieu’s concepts of the habitus, symbolic capital and misrecognition. The author offers an insightful account of social reasoning within creative practice in the senior school art classroom, examining ongoing exchanges between students and their teacher. Ultimately, these exchanges culminate in actions, beliefs and desires about what is creatively conceivable in the making of art, while providing confirmation without corruption of the pedagogical role of the art teacher. Allowing the context of creative agency to emerge afresh, this book will be of interest and value to art educators and teachers committed to fostering the creative performances of students in any field.


Creativity and education Bourdieu Creativity as social practice Teacher student cooperation Creative reciprocity

Authors and affiliations

  • Kerry Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUNSW AustraliaSydneyAustralia

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21365-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21366-4
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