So I just started reading a book called "Americana" which came out in 2003 (when I was in full baby mothering mode and was not reading). It is all about American subcultures - which made think of our own subculture of scrapbooking
I love the introduction in which the author, Hampton Sides, writes of American-ness:
"We're still a country living on the frontier, only the frontier today is less geographical than it is social. Having pushed our physical borders, we're now pushing the boundaries of how we live and organize our lives, lighting out for uncharted territory. This tendency is best seen in our knack for spawning subcultures of every strain and stripe. .... Ours is a land of refined fanaticism. Anything we might dream of doing, we can find a society of Americans who are already doing it, and doing it so intensely that they've organized their lives around it. They buy the tools and toys. They build up a circle of friends in the group. They spend their vacations doing whatever the group does. They slip into the subcultural lagoon, and by degrees of emotional and financial investment, they become submerged."
I would love to hear a show about the subculture of scrapbooking.
I'm thinking Stephanie Medley-Rath hasn't been on in a while and she studied sociology and the subculture of scrapbooking.
1. What keeps a subculture going?
2. What happens when subcultures collide? ie. scrapbooking / art journaling etc.
3. When does one start to call oneself (as we know from one of the recent shows - there are men too) a "scrapbooker"?
4. The globalization / expansion of the scrapbooking subculture hobby and how it is different in different parts of the world - ie. Australia vs. South America vs. other countries where scrapbooking seems to be growing.
5. Stories about friendships / relationships formed via scrapbooking.
6. In the book, the author starts out by telling a story about when he was in another country and someone said "Hey American..." and he didn't want to get the street vendor sales pitch so he said "I'm not American, I'm from Finland." and the street vendor didn't believe him and followed him until the author admitted he was American and then they had a conversation about how the guy knew he was an American. Stories about how you can pick a scrapbooker out of a crowd - ie. you might be a scrapbooker if ___________ (like the redneck meme).