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The Role of the Arts and Our Aging Societies

Art and Social Justice
Brief discussion of how the arts in healthcare movement is related to the broader social justice movement.
Reference Materials
"William Morris: Art for a Just Society” (日本語訳:ウィリアム・モリス:正義ある社会のための芸術)
『 The Journal of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies
No. 9 (2009): 61-78.
This paper discusses William Morris's ideas about art, his involvement with socialism, and his vision of a just society. Morris believed that beauty, or in other words art, is inextricably linked with the cause of social justice. In his numerous lectures and writings Morris tells us what he means by a just society and suggests how to achieve it. Through the useful and beautiful merchandise produced by his company as well as his writings, he shows what such a world might look like. Above all, though, the very life Morris led embodied these ideas about art and society perhaps better than anything else. Indeed, Morris's concerns about the deterioration of our quality of life and the wanton destruction of the environment brought on by the industrial revolution and his vision of a desired just society enlivened with a meaningful role for art such as he showed us in News from Nowhere seem especially pertinent today in the early 21st century.

Elaine Scarry
On Beauty and Being Just
Princeton University Press, 1999
"In On Beauty and Being Just, Elaine Scarry not only defends beauty from recent political arguments against it but also argues that beauty continually renews our search for truth and presses us towards a greater concern for justice."

(See also the numerous reviews of this book.)

Yi-Fu Tuan 
Passing Strange and Wonderful: Aesthetics, Nature, and Culture
Kodansha International, 1995
Part 5 Aesthetics and Morality Chapter 10. "Good and Beautiful,"213-226. "Conventional wisdom suggests that feeling and beauty become important to us only after more basic needs have been met. But as Yi-Fu Tuan shows in this brilliant and provative book, the aesthetic experience is an essential force in human lives and cultures everywhere."

Ageism and Social Justice
Definitions of Ageism: Discrimation based on age; discrimation based in age specifically in relation to employment

Creating an Age-Integrated Society
Global Action on Aging (Six language UN Website
Strengthening Older People's Rights: Towards a UN Convention
Produced as a collaborative effort of nine aging organizations around the world, this report provides arguments and tools for engaging people across the globe in a discussion of the need for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.
See especially Elder Rights: Global Action on Aging
Global Action on Aging advocates for the protection of older persons as a key element of the human rights movement. Increasingly subject to physical and emotional abuse, theft, negative stereotyping and discrimination, older persons often feel vulnerable and frightened. Older people often face serious discrimination in the workplace. While many rights issues affect them negatively, older persons are claiming new sets of entitlements, including choice of sexuality and sexual activity, appropriate housing, innovative care-giving programs, as well as more control over end of life decisions.

Definitions of Age Integrated
「age-integrated apartment/community」

A Naturally occurring retirement community—or a NORC (rhymes with “fork”)—is a community that was not originally designed for seniors, but that has a large proportion of residents who are older adults (at least 60 years old). These communities are not created to meet the needs of seniors living independently in their homes, but rather evolve naturally, as adult residents age in place. NORCs may develop in three different ways: A large number of persons moved into a community when they were younger (i.e., aged in place); A large number of seniors move into a community (i.e., in-migration); or Seniors remain in a community as younger residents move out (i.e., out-migration). ( External Links

Naturally Occurring Retirement Community=NORC)( International Longevity Center Japan

Aging in Place.
Aging in Place Initiative - Developing Livable Communities for All Ages Arts, Cultural and Educational Opportunities (
Includes Links to community-based art programs

Intergenerational programs in human service settings

Ableism and Social Justice
Ableism is discrimination against those who do not appear able-bodied.
Definition of "able-bodied person"
Art Therapy and Social Justice
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General References New Report: Social Justice in the OECD 27 October 2011
"The SGI project has released a new study on Social Justice in the OECD. The report offers a comparative assessment of 31 OECD countries with regard to six key dimensions: poverty prevention, equitable access to education, labor market inclusiveness, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health as well as intergenerational justice."
PDF file accessed from the SGI Sustainable Governance Indicators 2011 website. Sponsored by Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation

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