The more things change, the more they stay the same: creativity as the next colonial turn
Martin, KL 2013, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same: creativity as the next colonial turn', in AD Reid, EP Hart & MA Peters (eds.), A companion to research in education, pt. III, pp. 293-296.
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The emergence of creativity as a master discourse variously promises benefits, threatens loss, and for some, holds no change. In response to Hay and Kapitzke, this response piece argues that what is promised as new in a discourse of creativity is actually a perpetuation of imperialism and colonialism as experienced by Aboriginal peoples. Drawing on the example of the discourses of ecological and sustainable development, I examine how the underlying paradigms and knowledge regimes remain unchallenged and therefore, unchanged, and thus serve to re-inscribe the erasure, exclusion and silencing of Aboriginal peoples. The discourse of creativity serves not as a vehicle of social, political, economic and educational transformation but of re-invention of previous master discourses. Thus the caution: that as things change creatively, the more they creatively stay the same?