Creating An Artistic Self: Amateur Quilters And Subjective Careers
As some contemporary U.S. women reach middle age, they develop interests in personal activities, filling time and space once occupied by family care work. As this occurs, women often also develop subjective careers in these new spaces—where they construct both the goals and measures of success, independent of mainstream definitions. In this interview study with 70 U.S. midlife women, I examine the process of developing a subjective career around amateur quilting practices. As women begin to self-identify as amateur quitters, they also begin to define success as it is important to them—learning to quilt, making connections with others who quilt, and maintaining kin ties through giving quilts to others. Consequently, women redefine the role of quilting from a leisure activity to a subjective career—for although quilting adheres to the prescriptions of traditional femininity, quilting also allows women to carve out time and space just for themselves and their chosen leisure pursuits. © 2006, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
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Stalp, Marybeth C., "Creating An Artistic Self: Amateur Quilters And Subjective Careers" (2006). Faculty Publications. 2837.