‘Not everything that the bourgeois world created is bad’: aesthetics and politics in women workers' education
Tamboukou, M. 2014. ‘Not everything that the bourgeois world created is bad’: aesthetics and politics in women workers' education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
In this paper, I look into the papers of Fannia Cohn, an immigrant labour organizer, who served the Education Department of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) between 1918 and 1962 and became one of its few women vice-presidents. As an internationally recognized figure in the history of workers' education, Cohn left a rich body of labour literature, wherein art is central in the ways she conceptualized, designed and organized women workers' educational programmes and curricula, as well as cultural activities for more than 50 years. For Cohn, however, art and politics were tightly interwoven in what I have called the artpolitics assemblage of women garment workers' life and work. It is entanglements between ethics, aesthetics and politics, considered in the light of the Rancièrian notion of ‘the distribution of the sensible’, that I discuss in this paper.
|Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
|Taylor & Francis
|Accepted author manuscript
|Web address (URL)
|04 Apr 2014
|Publication process dates
|17 Apr 2014
|"This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Discourse [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2014.904103
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