Everyday Aesthetics Solving Social Problems

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Abstract

What is the role of aesthetics, everyday aesthetics in particular, in processes of solving social problems? Many if not most social problems arise from and affect our daily lives. As far as these problems contain aesthetic aspects, these typically are also of an everyday kind. In this paper, I address the relations between social problems and everyday aesthetics in five sections. I will start by briefly describing what I mean by social problems. Second, I will outline what solving such problems means. Then, I will move on to defining aesthetics for the purposes of this article. Fourth, I will focus on the main question, the potential role of everyday aesthetics in solving social problems. Lastly, I will drill down a bit deeper into my own experiences in this matter in order to concretize the general points and give examples stemming from my working life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages13
JournalESPES
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • aesthetics, everyday aesthetics, problem solving, social problems

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