Chapter 6 Rhetorical Crocheting: New Chinese Moms Fighting Postpartum Depression in Social Media

Hua Wang

What is the most important takeaway from your chapter? 

Since mental health problems are mechanisms of social control that involves institutional abuse and cultural oppression, rhetorical intervention in the dominant discourses should be strategic, actionable, and most importantly transformative. The most important takeaway from this chapter is that using embodied experiences, material rhetoric, and social media spaces can be actionable tactics to speak back to the dominant discourses and make meaningful moves to social justice.   

If you were making discussion questions for students (advanced undergraduates or early graduate students) to go along with your chapter, what would they be?  

How is this chapter framed methodologically or theoretically? What contributions does this chapter make to the scholarship on MHRR or RHM? How do you critique this chapter? 

What questions do you feel your chapter leaves un-examined or where would you go with it next? 

In this chapter, I collected secondary data for analysis. In the future, I wish I could contact Mao Wan and other moms and let them talk about their experiences of engaging with the craft of crocheting, social media, and large-scale installations to see whether they have claimed agency and have new understanding of postpartum depress.  

Is there anything that you want those considering doing work in MHR to know? 

Yes, I hope more diverse scholars could bring more investigations for non-western contexts to build a fuller picture of MHR. 

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