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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859739792
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 Hmong American Dress and Culture: An Overview 15
3 Dress to be Successful in America: Models of Masculinity at Hmong New Year 31
4 I am Hmong, I am American, I am a Hmong American Woman 49
5 Invention of Tradition: Emergence of Ethnic Dress in America 71
6 African American Debutante Balls: Presenting Women of Quality 81
7 'It was Style, with a capital "S"': Versions of Being Male Presented at the Beautillion Ball 97
8 Coming of Age in America: Common Threads 113
Bibliography 117
Index 123
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