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Social pedagogy and arts at the crossroad of tradition and today

Irena Božič (2012) Social pedagogy and arts at the crossroad of tradition and today. Diploma thesis.

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    In my degree thesis I tried researching theories in the fields of social pedagogy and art, as my purpose was to find a few connections between these two social phenomena, which exist in the world, each in its own way, in the form of the work of social pedagogues and artists, and respond to concurrent social state of affairs in the world. My degree thesis is a theoretical work which takes source in the experience, experiences, ideas, descriptions, explanations, sensations and feelings, stands, values and beliefs, as well as in approximations of activities of some other authors who researched or still do so, to upgrade the knowledge in the fields of sociology, psychology, anthropology, pedagogy, social pedagogy, and of more recent branches of social sciences and their correlations. The thesis then completes the findings with some theories on creativity, art, authors, artists, and on contemporary art practices (mostly in the field of fine arts). I conceive my thought as a possible description of social pedagogy by selecting existing descriptions and definitions which denote it as a young social science taking active part in the world, especially in involving vulnerable and marginal individuals and groups in a wider social context, and finding source for its basic theories in other sciences and social theories. Like social pedagogy, I pay special attention to sociological explanations of the current state of affairs which our world finds itself in at the turn of the third millennium. In my degree thesis the current state of affairs refers to the social context, the current European or western society, to which Slovenia or the community of people living on its territory are generally believed to belong. I am interested in what the profession of a social pedagogue means and what is meant by »professional life with others«, as it is described by one of the definitions. Further on, I try to define the notion of art. I collect some of the traditional and most commonly used explanations of still current authors. I find out why art, as a form of human creativity, is considered a special human activity, what it means to be an artist, what an artist is (supposedly) doing in the world and in the society, and why, in the social thought, at least in the western world, an artist is attributed a special status. I am also interested in researching the relation between »a great master of arts« and »a common author«. In the chapter on social pedagogy I describe the basic rules which define the characteristics of communication and interventions with which a social pedagogue intervenes into social reality. Furthermore, in the chapter on art I focus on the artist's communication with the world, which also involves change in the society and in individuals. Then, I deal with modified themes, forms and social status of art, which we have witnessed in the past century, and with some explanations of current art practices which occur in the interesting form of abandoning artistic traditions by taking up direct social action as a response to the social state of the western world. In them I find similarities with socio-pedagogic practices which go towards »changing« the social order of the world, towards changing of some social facts. At the end, as an addition to my reflection, I expose a few questions which came to my mind in the process of searching, gathering, saving, processing, combining, recombining and creating old-new relations between art and social pedagogy. As I did not deal with those in detail previously, it is here that give a few answers.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: social pedagogy, art, creativity, communication, intervention, community, tradition, post-modernism
    Number of Pages: 109
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    red. prof. dr. Bojan DeklevaMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9385033)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1067
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 12:59
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 12:59
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1067

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