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A comfortable rebellion: resistance, embodiment and space in the production of digital feminist art

Timothy, Robyn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0003-5955-8746 (2022) A comfortable rebellion: resistance, embodiment and space in the production of digital feminist art. Doctoral thesis, York St John University.

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This research explores the experiences of digital feminist artists in the production of digital feminist art. In doing this, I look at how digital feminist artists experience working within digital spaces and investigate the ways that digital feminist artists conceptualise their work in terms of its aesthetics and content. Working within a sociological feminist theoretical framework, influenced by postmodern feminist epistemology, this research uses a qualitative empirical approach. Through analysing unstructured online interviews with sixteen digital feminist artists who are women, this research makes three distinct theoretical contributions to the field of the sociology of art and feminist theory. Firstly, this research contributes to the construction of a specifically feminist sociology of art, expressing how digital spaces such as Instagram are central to this emerging field. Secondly, I develop a notion of resistance that speaks to contemporary experiences of the intersection of feminism and technology. Finally, I underscore the importance of embodiment to this understanding of resistance. This type of resistance is embodied, conscious, quiet, and embedded within digital feminist art practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8127

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