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The politics of contemporary craft culture

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The politics of contemporary craft culture

Anisef, Jen (2004) The politics of contemporary craft culture. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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While once considered the domain of grandmothers and school children, crafts have become a trendy cultural practice among North American youth. The popularity of craft among young people has inspired on- and off-line communities in which craft is understood to have important social and political implications. Layering data from my ethnographic investigation of contemporary craft culture with Foucauldian and feminist theory I examine some of the ways in which young people employ craft as a tool of political resistance. After laying down a foundational model of politics rooted in Foucault's theory of power/knowledge I investigate crafters' contestation of dominant discourses connected to consumerism and gender roles. Crafters are producers in a culture of consumption, seeking fulfilling and ethical alternatives to the alienating life modes that surround them. In this thesis I demonstrate that contemporary craft is a meaningful social and political practice and that an analysis of this mode of resistance generates insights into the nature of the present-day political landscape. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Anisef, Jen
Pagination:120 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sawchuk, Kim
ID Code:7860
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:08
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:08
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