Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On Home and Belonging: A Quilt Maker's Guide to the Search for Home
by Safinia, Annabelle, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 62; 1507848
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the meaning of home and the longing to belong from a psychological perspective. On investigating what it means to be at home in the world, the author connects the return home with a reconnection to Self and community and examines the original disconnection that Western culture perpetuates. Looking at the psychological and alchemical nature of quilt making, the author introduces quilt making as a medium through which to connect to the Self and community, demonstrating how incorporating both can lead to developing a sense of home.

Using a qualitative approach, both artistic-creative and alchemical hermeneutic styles of research are used to explore home as an aspect of human experience, incorporating the author’s dreams, images, and quilt making as material. In addition, the therapeutic aspects of quilting and its clinical applications are explored, looking specifically at quilt groups and their place in the psychotherapeutic setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Clinical psychology
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Publication Number: 1507848
ISBN: 9781267213471
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