Older women and craft: extending educational horizons in considering wellbeing

Macfarlane, Selma and Maidment, Jane 2011, Older women and craft: extending educational horizons in considering wellbeing, Social work education, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 700-711, doi: 10.1080/02615479.2011.586568.

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Title Older women and craft: extending educational horizons in considering wellbeing
Author(s) Macfarlane, Selma
Maidment, Jane
Journal name Social work education
Volume number 30
Issue number 6
Start page 700
End page 711
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0261-5479
1470-1227
Keyword(s) ageing
arts and craft
creativity
interdependence
interdisciplinary
Summary While the social work literature is broader and more holistic than many disciplines, we undoubtedly still limit the knowledge we draw upon in ways that stifle our creativity in conceptualising and attempting to facilitate wellbeing, which flows on to limit our teaching. In particular, the significance to wellbeing of place and social space, the value of informal networks to generate support and opportunities for reciprocity, and the inherent therapeutic value of creative activity appears to be neglected. In this paper we draw upon a small Australian research study around older women and craftmaking to explore how learning from diverse disciplines, such as critical gerontology and textile making, can illuminate our understanding of wellbeing. We relate this discussion to examining notions of ageing that go beyond a focus on illness and deterioration, to enhance positive and diverse concepts of health in the context of everyday life. We then discuss the implications for social work education, with particular emphasis on ageing, and argue that by engaging with a diverse range of disciplines, we are able to think about, teach and advocate for wellbeing in more expansive and useful ways.

Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02615479.2011.586568
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055646

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