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

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It was traditionally said that 'clothes maketh 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 will be of interest to students and researchers in Sociology, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Anthropology and Fashion Studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16.51mm | 440g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 0761952063
  • 9780761952060

Table of contents

Introduction
Dress in the Sensory World
The Dangers of Dress
Utopian Critiques
More than the Times of our Lives
Dress and Temporality
The Fabricated Body
A New History
Gift, Circulation and Exchange I
Clothing in the Family
Gift, Circulation and Exchange II
Clothing and Fashion in Cyberspsace
Conclusion
A Hermeneutics of Dress
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Few could fail to find the book well researched, engaging and original. In my view, The Dressed Society is an excellent, easy to follow and well-written contribution that should serve as a valuable introduction to undergraduates in sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and beyond. -- Yves Laberge, In my view, The Dressed Society is an excellent, easy to follow and well-written contribution that should serve as a valuable introduction to undergraduates in sociology, cultural studies , anthropology and beyond... few could fail to find the book well researched, engaging and original.
Yves Laberge
Sociology
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About Peter Corrigan

Peter Corrigan lectures in the Department of Sociology at the University of New England, Australia
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