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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Marybeth Stalp

Keywords

Handicraft--Study and teaching; Young women--Education;

Abstract

In this study I work to understand how US women ages 18 to 24 navigate the world of crafting (e.g., crocheting, knitting, quilting, etc.) and how their motivations and methods may differ from the older women that traditionally inhabit that space. In-person interviews with ten younger women and results from an online mixed methods survey show that young women who participate in crafting show that young women primarily use crafting as a way to cope with stress from school and work, they participate in informal groupings to develop friendships and gain technical crafting insight, and they use internet sites extensively for ideas and assistance. This research aims to start to fill a gap that exists in the literature about feminine leisure activities.

Keywords: crafting, young women, leisure, stress relief

Date of Award

2016

Department

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

5-2016

Object Description

1 PDF file (39 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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