Des scrapbooks au Québec : la création d'un patrimoine familial pour passe-temps

Authors: Arseneault, Catherine
Advisor: Mathieu, Jocelyne
Abstract: The activity of album personalisation – most often called scrapbooking – results from the customary practice of personal or familial archive creation. Today – in Quebec and elsewhere – this practice is perpetuated and renewed in an art consisting of piecing together various materials into a collage in which family photographs hold a predominant place. As the lines between entertainments, traditional practices and culture blur, it is necessary to question how ethnology approaches these recent and increasingly popular leisure activities. This essay documents the main facets of the scrapbooking practice as it exists in Quebec (Canada). It examines how various aspects of today’s leisure activities influence the creation and transmission of familial heritage. How are today’s personal albums involved in the process of familial heritage creation? This study is based on an ethnological research conducted in the Quebec City region. The oral investigation conducted with scrapbooking lovers made possible the acquirement of knowledge regarding this production and the study of their views on the subject. More specifically, the study is focused on the following aspects: the activity’s logistics and how it relates to creativity and identity, the resulting scrapbooking, the performance context and its influence on the scrapbook’s creation process. Finally, we outlined the role scrapbooking plays in the familial heritage of scrapbookers. As an amateur practice, today’s scrapbooking activity is outside of traditional artistic endeavours due to its renewed form of expression. It is at the heart of several issues related, amongst other things, to mass consumption products and the new information technologies.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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