Dress, Gender and Cultural Change: Asian-American and African-American Rites of Passage

Dress, Gender and Cultural Change: Asian-American and African-American Rites of Passage

by Annette Lynch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1859739792

ISBN-13: 9781859739792

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Within the Hmong American community, mothers and aunts of teenagers use bangles, lace and traditional handwork techniques to create dazzling displays reflecting the gender and ethnicity of their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, as they participate in an annual courtship ritual. This book examines these events to show how dress is used to transform gender

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Within the Hmong American community, mothers and aunts of teenagers use bangles, lace and traditional handwork techniques to create dazzling displays reflecting the gender and ethnicity of their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, as they participate in an annual courtship ritual. This book examines these events to show how dress is used to transform gender construction and create positive images of African American and Hmong American youth.

Coming-of-age rituals serve as arenas of cultural revision and change. For each of these communities, the choice of dress represents cultural affirmation. This author shows that within the homogenizing context of American society, dress serves as a site for the continual renegotiation of identity - gendered, ethnic and otherwise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859739792
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

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