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Heritage, identity and belonging: African Caribbean students and art and design education

Dash, Paul. 2006. Heritage, identity and belonging: African Caribbean students and art and design education. International Journal Of Art & Design Education, 25(3), pp. 256-267. ISSN 1476-8062 [Article]

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This article addresses the issue of Caribbean cultural under-representation in school art departments. It argues that diasporic subjects are not seen and their cultures not recognised precisely because their contributions to the way we live are indivisible from the mainstream. This in contradistinction to some groups whose cultures and heritages are relatively distinct and separate from Western mores. Our ways of understanding culture do not take this into account. Yet diasporic contributions to the way we live have buttressed Western lifestyles since the beginning of the slave trade. The article argues that this relationship, characterised by multiple entanglements, must be recognised if Caribbean cultural identities are to be seen and valued. In doing so it challenges the way we construct notions of cultural heritage and belonging, and promotes the adoption of more risk-taking pedagogies possibly based on contemporary practices.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2006.00492.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
October 2006Published

Item ID:

1539

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:41

Last Modified:

13 Jun 2016 12:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1539

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