Utopian Studies

Biannual journal providing scholarly articles on topics related to utopias, utopianism, utopian theory, and intentional communities. Contains reviews of recent books.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, July

Common Goods
An Introduction: I Object Is there any more valid standard by which to judge a system of social organization than the general level of satisfaction it enables? By this yardstick, current conditions are intolerable! I propose a different way....
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Crafting Experience: William Morris, John Dewey, and Utopia
ABSTRACT In different yet resonating ways both William Morris and John Dewey turned their attention to utopian experience as everyday making and doing. Dewey developed a holistic analysis of human action that contains intimations of utopia as well...
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Do-It-Yourself: The Precarious Work and Postfeminist Politics of Handmaking (in) Detroit
ABSTRACT Drawing on limited ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2009 and 2010, this article analyzes how the idioms of "craft" and "handmaking" are being evoked and (re) imagined in Detroit. Because of a recent flurry of journalistic accounts of...
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Fabricating Activism: Craft-Work, Popular Culture, Gender
ABSTRACT This article examines the recent resurgence of interest in what we call "fabriculture." Three dimensions of fabriculture are explored: the gendered spaces of production around new domesticity and the social home; the blurring of old and...
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Fit to a T: Spray-On Clothing, Craft, Commodity Fetishism, and the Agency of Objects
ABSTRACT This article considers how spray-on clothing made by Fabrican Ltd. might illuminate and complicate our understandings of craft, commodity fetishism, and object agency. Fabrican is a chemical substance that is sprayed onto the body to create...
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Introduction
Coined by artists and collectives in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, the term craftivism relates to creative, traditional handcraft (often, assisted by high-tech means of community-building, skill-sharing, and...
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"Old Time Mem'ry": Contemporary Urban Craftivism and the Politics of Doing-It-Yourself in Post-Industrial America
ABSTRACT This project seeks to put material culture, craft, and community in conversation with the long-standing American mythology of self-sufficiency referenced not only in elite discourse by the founding statesmen of the United States but also...
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The Craftivist Collective Guide to Craftivism
Our manifesto is "To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions." We are a group of people, based all over the world,...
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The Object of Therapy: Mary E. Black and the Progressive Possibilities of Weaving
ABSTRACT This article will examine the career of weaver and occupational therapist Mary E. Black (1885-1988) by using her life as a lens through which to explore the intersection of arts and crafts revivalism with occupational therapy in early twentieth-century...
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Utopia at the Art Museum: A Review of the UTOPIA Project at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark
A Chinese railroad carriage, a floor and wall painting, a corridor full of fog. This is a brief description of the main works in the UTOPIA project, a research-based series of exhibitions held in 2008-11 at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The...
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