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Feminist Artists and Popular Education

The Creative Turn
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Part of the Comparative Feminist Studies Series book series (CFS)

Abstract

As I wrote the words quoted above, spoken so passionately during the 2003 World Social Forum—where another world was seen to be possible—by Indian feminist and novelist Arundhati Roy, I could feel their fecundity, creativity, and energy. I am cognizant, however, of the overwhelming neoliberal ethos of contemporary Canada reflected in a recent political federal victory. The ultra-Right conservative party just won a majority, and with fixed elections in place we have four years of continued social cuts and a paradoxical climate of crisis and lethargy to look forward to. This chapter begins at the confluence of what could be called two competing narratives: the first, persistent neoliberal practices and beliefs that create inequities and divisions across the country; the second is, as Canadian poet-musician Leonard Cohen sings, the “cracks in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” One light through the neoliberal malaise is the work of feminist artist-educators who engage the human aesthetic dimension in political and activist-oriented popular pedagogies of change.

Keywords

Feminist Artist Aesthetic Judgment Homeless Woman Central Neighbourhood Popular Education 
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