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Fashion, Culture, and Identity

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ISBN-10: 0226138097

ISBN-13: 9780226138091

Edition: 1994

Authors: Fred Davis

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What do our clothes say about who we are or who we think we are? How does the way we dress communicate messages about our identity? Is the desire to be "in fashion" universal, or is it unique to Western culture? How do fashions change? These are just a few of the intriguing questions Fred Davis sets out to answer in this provocative look at what we do with our clothes—and what they can do to us. Much of what we assume to be individual preference, Davis shows, really reflects deeper social and cultural forces. Ours is an ambivalent social world, characterized by tensions over gender roles, social status, and the expression of sexuality. Predicting what people will wear becomes a risky…    
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 233
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Do Clothes Speak? What Makes Them Fashion?
Identity Ambivalence, Fashion's Fuel
Ambivalences of Gender: Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Will Be Boys
Ambivalences of Status: Flaunts and Feints
Ambivalences of Sexuality: The Dialectic of the Erotic and the Chaste
Fashion as Cycle, Fashion as Process
Stages of the Fashion Process
Antifashion: The Vicissitudes of Negation
Conclusion, and Some Afterthoughts