Abstract

In this paper, I describe research that collects young rural women's stories of “depression” through self-published booklets called zines. Weaving together participant zine images and voices, Mixed Blessings proposes depression as a site of valuable learning on behalf of the communities in which women live. Focusing on depression as transformative, collective learning, the project incorporates the zine as a form for self-expression and popular education.

Keywords

Depression, rural women, zines, self-publishing

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Using zines to explore young rural women's “depression” as community education

In this paper, I describe research that collects young rural women's stories of “depression” through self-published booklets called zines. Weaving together participant zine images and voices, Mixed Blessings proposes depression as a site of valuable learning on behalf of the communities in which women live. Focusing on depression as transformative, collective learning, the project incorporates the zine as a form for self-expression and popular education.