The Dressed Society: Clothing, the Body and Some Meanings of the World / Edition 1
  • The Dressed Society: Clothing, the Body and Some Meanings of the World / Edition 1
  • The Dressed Society: Clothing, the Body and Some Meanings of the World / Edition 1

The Dressed Society: Clothing, the Body and Some Meanings of the World / Edition 1

by Peter Corrigan
     
 

It was traditionally said that 'clothes make the man.' But what codes and meanings are associated with dress in a society that consists of divisions between class, race, gender, family status, and religion? Is social and cultural life still fundamentally themed by the clothes that we wear? If so, how should we read these codes and themes in order to decipher their… See more details below

Overview

It was traditionally said that 'clothes make the man.' But what codes and meanings are associated with dress in a society that consists of divisions between class, race, gender, family status, and religion? Is social and cultural life still fundamentally themed by the clothes that we wear? If so, how should we read these codes and themes in order to decipher their relation to power and meaning?

This exhaustive book demonstrates how dress shapes and is shaped by social processes and phenomena such as beauty, time, the body, the gift exchange, class, gender, and religion. It does this through an analysis of topics like the Islamic clothing controversy in state schools, the multitude of identities associated with dress, the Dress Reform movement, the construction of the body in fashion magazines, and the role of the internet in fashion. What emerges is a trenchant, sharply observed account of the place of dress in contemporary society.

The book is designed for students and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, women's studies, gender studies, anthropology, and fashion studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761952077
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction: Dress in the Sensory World     1
The Dangers of Dress: Utopian Critiques     13
More than the Times of Our Lives: Dress and Temporality     47
The Fabricated Body: A New History     72
Gift, Circulation and Exchange I: Clothing in the Family     109
Gift, Circulation and Exchange II: Clothing and Fashion in Cyberspace     129
Conclusion: A Hermeneutics of Dress     155
References     163
Index     177

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