Born in the USA: The Cigar Box Guitar, Object Displacement and Performative DIY

ATKINSON, Paul (2020). Born in the USA: The Cigar Box Guitar, Object Displacement and Performative DIY. Journal of Design History.

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    Abstract

    The cigar box guitar is a long-standing cultural artefact which, over the course of its history, has undergone a series of displacements. Initially an acoustic instrument made by impoverished people in the mid-nineteenth century to fulfil a social need to make music and help the singing of traditional folk songs, it soon became a simple do-it-yourself project associated largely with children, and later, in the 1990s, it was reimagined as a serious, electrified musical instrument employed in a particular, performative form of DIY. In this most recent incarnation, the Internet has enabled the cigar box guitar to break free of its American roots to become the focus of a global practice of Performative DIY and a vehicle through which physical and virtual communities of makers support each other, express themselves, explore their creativity and display their self-identities.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1203 Design Practice and Management; History
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epaa058
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 11:04
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 17:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27845

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