The Dressed Society: Clothing, the Body and Some Meanings of the World / Edition 1by Peter Corrigan
Pub. Date: 02/01/2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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.
- SAGE Publications
- Publication date:
- Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)
Table of Contents
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
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