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Youth, Arts, and Education

Reassembling Subjectivity through Affect, 1st Edition

By Anna Hickey-Moody


176 pages | 2 Color Illus.

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How are the arts important in young people’s lives? Youth, Arts and Education offers a groundbreaking theory of arts education. Anna Hickey-Moody explores how the arts are ways of belonging, resisting, being governed and being heard.

Through examples from the United Kingdom and Australia, Anna Hickey-Moody shows the cultural significance of the kinds of learning that occur in and through arts. Drawing on the thought of Gilles Deleuze, she develops the theory of affective pedagogy, which explains the process of learning that happens through aesthetics.

Bridging divides between critical pedagogical theory, youth studies and arts education scholarship, this book:

  • Explains the cultural significance of the kinds of learning that occur in and through arts
  • Advances a theory of aesthetic citizenship created by youth arts
  • Demonstrates ways in which arts practices are forms popular and public pedagogy
  • Critiques popular ideas that art can be used to fix problems in the lives of youth at risk

Youth, Arts and Education is the first post-critical theory of arts education. It will be of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities, in particular in the sociology of education, arts education, youth studies, sociology of the arts and cultural studies.


"This book demonstrates convincingly that the affect is the vehicle through which the art production of young people can work as a popular pedagogy that facilitates the development of their personality… it is a valuable contribution to a contemporary art education that has to deal with the conflicts and opportunities of globalization and a transcultural work on identity."— Carl-Peter Buschkühle, International Journal of Education through Art

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. List of Figures. Introduction: Youth, Arts and Education 1. Little Publics: Performance as the Articulation of Youth Voice 2. Assemblages of Governance: Moral Panics, Risk and Self-Salvation 3. Tradition, innovation, Fusion: Local Articulations of Global Scapes of Girl Dance 4. Do You Want to Battle with Me? Schooling Masculinity 5. Affective Pedagogy: Reassembling Subjectivity through Art. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Anna Hickey-Moody is a Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Unimaginable Bodies: intellectual disability, performance and becomings (Sense 2009), co-author of Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave 2006), co-editor of Disability Matters: pedagogy, media and affect (Routledge 2011), and Deleuzian Encounters: studies in contemporary social issues (Palgrave 2007).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Study & Teaching
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General