Zines (rhymes with “beans”) are low-barrier, low-budget photocopied publications in which authors are in full control of the entire process of creating a publication, from writing and layout to printing and distribution. Zines are made for the purpose of sharing information, and allow unfiltered access to the ideas, expressions, perspectives, and experiences of historically marginalized or under-represented subcultures and social movements. In times of strife, zines offer a cathartic art form to create and share stories of lived experiences and play a large role in communication for members of social and political movements.
Wicked Meta #2: a Zine about Zines tells more about the history of zines, how to make them, and how to use them in your research.
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