Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Sociology

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Mary Virnoche

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Jennifer Eichstedt

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



This study explores the collaborative process of members of DIY art collectives in the Pacific Northwest as understood through a collective action lens focused on the cooperative links and motivations of the art collectives. Participant observation and in-depth interviews were used to gather data showing the process of establishing and maintaining membership in a DIY art collective, and the values that motivate the collective’s continuation. Drawing on Howard Becker’s art world framework as well as literature on social movements and art activism, I show how the DIY art world of this study is fluid, open, and driven by values of social change, community, and freedom of expression.

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