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Everyday Aesthetics


reviewed by Paul Duncum — September 12, 2008

coverTitle: Everyday Aesthetics
Author(s): Yuriko Saito
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: 0199278350, Pages: 256, Year: 2008
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Satio’s book is much more than a celebration of everyday aesthetics positioned in opposition to what she calls “art-centered aesthetics” (p. 13). While she predictably attacks the still dominate preoccupation of philosophical aesthetics with fine art, she is primarily concerned with how aesthetic preferences about which we are hardly aware have profound social consequences. Early on, Saito’s quotes me on the importance of everyday aesthetics over art-centered aesthetics in informing and forming minds, and she writes that in arguing this case I do not go far enough (p. 51). She goes on to fully justify this claim. This thoughtful, well written book is evidently the product of lengthy reflection, grounded in the literature of philosophical aesthetics, and, as many of her footnotes indicate, indebtedness to colleagues and students over many years. My own interest in everyday aesthetics has been confined to overt sign systems like television and magazines that are intentionally... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15370, Date Accessed: 6/19/2018 12:04:20 PM

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  • Paul Duncum
    School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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    PAUL DUNCUM is Professor of Art Education, and Chair of the Art Education Division, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published widely in art education on images of childhood, children’s unsolicited drawing, globalization, and popular visual culture. Drawing upon Cultural Studies, he is a leading advocate of the visual culture paradigm within art education. He is co-editor of On Knowing: Art and Visual Culture published by Canterbury University Press, and editor of Visual Culture in the Art Class: Case Studies published by the National Art Education Association.
 
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