In the Realm of the Senses: Social Aesthetics and the Sensory Dynamics of Privilege by Johannah FaheyIn the Realm of the Senses: Social Aesthetics and the Sensory Dynamics of Privilege by Johannah Fahey

In the Realm of the Senses: Social Aesthetics and the Sensory Dynamics of Privilege

byJohannah FaheyEditorHoward Prosser, Matthew Shaw

Hardcover | April 20, 2015

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This book charts new territory both theoretically and methodologically. Drawing on MacDougall's notion of social aesthetics, it explores the sensory dimensions of privilege through a global ethnography of elite schools. The various contributors to the volume draw on a range of theoretical perspectives from Lefebvre, Benjamin, Bourdieu, Appadurai, Kress and van Leeuwen to both broaden and critique MacDougall's original concept. They argue that within these elite schools there is a relationship between their 'complex sensory and aesthetic environments' and the construction of privilege within and beyond the school gates. Understanding the importance of the visual to ethnography, the social aesthetics of these elite schools are captured through the inclusion of a series of visual essays that complement the written accounts of the aesthetics of privilege. The collection also includes a series of vignettes that further explore the sensory dimension of these aesthetics: touch, taste-though metaphorically understood- sight and sound. These varying formats illustrate the aesthetic nature of social relations and the various ways in which class permeates the senses. The images from across the different schools and their surroundings immerse the reader in these worlds and provide poignant ethnographic data of the forces of globalisation within the context of elite schooling.
Johannah Fahey is Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests are located in the areas of education and global studies, and are informed by her expertise in cultural studies. She has a national and international reputation in the areas of intersectionality (gender, race and...
Title:In the Realm of the Senses: Social Aesthetics and the Sensory Dynamics of PrivilegeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:211 pagesPublished:April 20, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:981287349X

ISBN - 13:9789812873491

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Introduction: Local Classes, Global Influences - Considerations on the Social Aesthetics of Elite Schools

Vignette: The Fullness of Taste

Distinguished Spaces: Elite schools as Cartographers of Privilege


The (semiotics of) Social Aesthetics in an Elite School in Singapore: An Ethnographic Study


Vignette: Sound

Cultivating Students' Bodies: producing physical, poetic and sociopolitical subjectivities in elite schools


The Visual Field of Barbadian Elite Schooling: Towards Postcolonial Social Aesthetics

Vignette: Sight

Looking Inside and Out: Social Aesthetics of an Elite School in India


Vignette: The Touch of Class