Subjectivity, Aesthetics, and the Nexus of Injustice: From Traditional to Street Art

  • Thomas Teo
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


In discussing various forms of struggles, three different types of injustices are highlighted and related to subjectivity and the arts. It is argued that in neoliberal societies these struggles and injustices have become intertwined to the degree that agentic socio-subjectivity is no longer experienced or conceptualized. Admitting that art embodies neoliberal contradictions and often supports the status quo, the possibilities and limitations of aesthetics are reflected. Art’s critical agenda is portrayed through examples regarding economic–political injustices and injustices of representation, recognition, interaction, and subjectification in the visual and performing arts. Aesthetic conditions for the possibility of resistance in the arts are presented with the conclusion that street art may be a better candidate for challenging the status quo than traditional art.


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  • Thomas Teo
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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