- Something you can actually pick up. Scrapbooking as a form and forum of cultural citizenship
- European Journal of Cultural Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 9 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This article is an ethnographic study of scrapbooking as a community of practice. Through interviews with practitioners of the contemporary craft both in the United States and The Netherlands, as well as by analysing surveys, internet resources and secondary literature, it seeks to describe how scrapbooking is both a form and forum of cultural citizenship.
Cultural citizenship is understood as the way in which members of this interpretive community enjoy privileges and fulfil duties in a communal, capitalist and, above all, gendered society. As an output-oriented practice that values the personal touch as well as a community spirit, scrapbooking offers a spectacular way for women to self-reflect on their identities as cultural citizens.
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