This article examines the shared crisis in art and education through the lens of Jacques Rancière’s aesthetic theory. Using China Mieville’s novel The City and the City as a literary model for understanding the relation between these two practices, the author argues that democratic education is, first and foremost, a reconfiguring of the distribution of the sensible. Through a critical analysis of lifelong learning, relational pedagogy, and stultifying pedagogy, the article concludes with a theory of democratic education that finds its inspiration in not only Rancière’s theory but also in Mieville’s novel.

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