Activism to make and do: The (quiet) politics of textile community groups

Helen Warner, Sanna Inthorn

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Based on qualitative interviews conducted with local guilds, charities and community groups in England, this article highlights the public service older women provide for their communities by volunteering their labour to local textile craft groups. Driven by an ethics of care, they make up for a lack of services formerly provided by the welfare state, such as public transport and mental health support. We mobilise existing literature on ‘quiet activism’ to argue that their community work constitutes a form of political activism, albeit one that stops short of overtly challenging the political system. While highlighting the ways in which older women quietly go about helping their communities, we argue that by being ‘louder’ about the public service they provide, they could help disrupt the narrative of a system that has failed their communities and exploits their free labour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-101
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Early online date3 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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