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  • Praxeological Subjectification: the hidden power of practical activities

Oakley, Peter, 2008, Book Section, Praxeological Subjectification: the hidden power of practical activities In: Design Pedagogy Research. Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd., pp. 19-28. ISBN 978 1 906600 35 8

Abstract or Description:

In design education the acquisition of practical manipulative skills are usually considered as necessary stages in the development of creative and personal intellectual responses. In contrast, anthroplogical theory, in particular approaches to production derived from material culture theories, credits objects and their associated manual techniques with the agency to influence practitioners. Jean-Pierre Warnier (2001), starting from this position, and relating it to Schilder’s concept of the perceived body image, Foucault’s theory of subjectification, and Tisseron’s psychological theory of symbolisation, has constructed a theory of praxeological subjectification. After providing an exposition of the theoretical underpinning of this central conceptual term, the following paper explores how observations from design education can be used to provide evidence that this process is occurring in design practice and considers both the positive and negative implications that its prior existence, or its development, may have on design students. Lastly it proposes productive avenues for further research relating to the subject.

Subjects: Other > Social studies > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W750 Clay and Stone Crafts > W751 Pottery
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W770 Glass Crafts > W771 Glassblowing
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012 16:03
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 13:33
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1221

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