American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

7-1-2016

Abstract

Through a variety of lenses, contemporary crafting is examined as a complex and contradictory gender and class performance that serves as a form of communication among women that both enables and contains oppositional and gender role explorations. Crafting is created through myriad texts which transform into an individual form of expression, a societal spectacle, a fashion trend, a subculture, an addiction, a coping mechanism, an oppositional act, and a means of healing both physically and emotionally. This study investigates how the objects women make and collect reflect and define crafters' negotiations between personal desires and public personas, help them voice their own identities, tell their own stories, and connect with -- or distance themselves from -- other generations of "crafty women." The role of objects and their multiple meanings in individuals' lives is examined. Specifically, how objects narrate gender identity and debates, are evidence of resistance to dominant gender and class narratives, enable acceptance of economic and gender norms, and incorporate aesthetics and consumption.

Language

English

Keywords

Crafting, Gender, Feminism, Folk Art, Cataclysm, Collecting, Folklore

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

American Studies

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

American Studies

First Advisor

Schreiber, Rebecca

First Committee Member (Chair)

Trujillo, Michael L.

Second Committee Member

Brulotte, Ronda

Third Committee Member

Ice, Joyce

Comments

http://hdl.handle.net/1928/33049

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