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The Methodological Potential of Scrapbooking: Theory, Application, and Evaluation

Walling-Wefelmeyer, Ros

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The methodological possibilities of scrapbooking have hitherto been largely neglected in social science research. This article provides much needed theoretical and empirical insights into its potential, positing it as a practical and conceptual process of saving, sharing, and making sense(s) of the everyday and ephemeral. Scrapbooking highlights both the contingency and partiality of the scraps themselves and its own performance of giving them form. Research into how women experience and interpret ‘men’s intrusions’ over the course of 1 week put these ideas into practice. The study used both physical and digital scrapbooks, for which the social media platform Tumblr was employed. An evaluation of scrapbooking’s methodological potential produced three characteristic ‘tensions’: between freedom and constraint, between the raw and the processed, and between the therapeutic and the intrusive. These three tensions necessitate further exploration.


Walling-Wefelmeyer, R. (2020). The Methodological Potential of Scrapbooking: Theory, Application, and Evaluation. Sociological Research Online, 26(1), 3-26.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 19, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 8, 2020
Publication Date Mar 1, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 14, 2020
Journal Sociological Research Online
Electronic ISSN 1360-7804
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 3-26


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