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|Title||Remodelling Barbie, making justice: An autoethnography of craftivist encounters|
Singleton P.; Remodelling Barbie, making justice: An autoethnography of craftivist encounters ;Feminism and Psychology vol: issue: page:
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|Abstract||I provide an autoethnographic account of “craft activist” workshops wherein I facilitate participants to remodel dolls to reflect their feminist or other social justice concerns, and describe one specific workshop with a powerful, personal impact in relation to childhood sexual exploitation. In drawing a connection between the vulnerabilities of one workshop participant and my own, I reflect upon our responsibilities as ethical feminist researchers. The larger function of the workshops is thereby argued as a co-created feminist space whereby we attend to the needs and desires of our intersectional feminist community. I draw upon material from diverse fields, such as art therapy, ethnography, and cultural studies, to flesh out a consideration of how to transform difficult emotions and experiences into useful ‘equipment for living’, and to contribute to a scholarly conversation about the intersections of autoethnography, craftivism and feminism. The central questions answered by the work are, firstly, how representations of stigmatised identities or experiences have impacted upon me as workshop facilitator, and, secondly, how we can continue to come to voice with, and support, each other in our making of a more just world. © The Author(s) 2020.|
I provide an autoethnographic account of craft activist workshops wherein I facilitate participants to remodel dolls to reflect their feminist or other social justice concerns, and describe one specific workshop with a powerful, personal impact in relation to childhood sexual exploitation. My familys social capital was severely limited by economic and social circumstances. I am drawing an emotional and intellectual connection between myself and the creators of the heartbreaking dolls I have witnessed not in order to assert some form of identity claim but because this enables me to draw deeper connections between my personal experiences and the central argument: that the workshops act as a co-created feminist space whereby we can attend to the various needs of our broad feminist community and give voice to each other in a way which makes justice. Although much work in autoethnography is from this individual perspective there are some collaborative projects such as the work of McNair in the arts education field who used collaborative life writing and visual story-telling to challenge dominant narratives of Black children in the US public school system. Affordances of the workshop Method of play: A small riot Before the workshop participants arrive I take time to make the room look colourful and enticing.