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Appearance and Power

ISBN-10: 1859732046

ISBN-13: 9781859732045

Edition: 1999

Authors: Kim K. P. Johnson, Sharron J. Lennon, K. P. Johnson Kim, Joanne B. Eicher

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Appearance has repeatedly been shown to have a potent and immediate effect on others in a wide range of circumstances. In particular, the consequences of women's appearance are severe and have social, economic, and legal ramifications. From the more obvious role of uniforms in social control through to the subtle interplay between size and status, appearance counts. The vast number of people seeking body alterations or modifications through dieting, tattooing, piercing and plastic surgery attests to the importance of how we look, not only to others but also to ourselves. This book tackles the charged and frequently painful subject of how appearance affects social interaction and the role of larger social structures in perpetuating and institutionalizing it as an evaluative criterion. What effect does obesity have on power(lessness)? What role does women's dress play in others' perception of consent in cases of rape? How do groups operating on the margins of mainstream society use appearance to negotiate power, make statements and effect change? What roles do gender and ethnicity play in the workplace? This provocative book attempts not only to answer these questions, but to lay foundations for future research in an area which affects everyone in profound and often invisible ways.
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 12.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Kim K. P. Johnson is a Professor in the Retail Merchandising Program at the University of Minnesota.

Kim K. P. Johnson Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, University of Minnesota Sharron J. Lennon Ohio State University

Joanne B. Eicher is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota. Joanne is Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Dress and Fashion (Bloomsbury and OUP); Series Editor, Dress, Body Culture (Bloomsbury); Author, Editor, Co-Editor, The Visible Self, (Fairchild); Dress and Gender (Berg); Dress and Ethnicity (Berg); Beads and Beadmakers (Berg); Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride (National Geographic); a wide variety of published articles in professional journals and chapters in books.

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Appearance and Social Power
Survivors of Rape: Functions and Implications of Dress in a Context of Coercive Power
Dressed to Commune, Dressed to Kill: Changing Police Imagery in England and Wales
Clothing, Power, and the Workplace
Dress for Success in the Popular Press
Sex, Dress, and Power in the Workplace: Star Trek, The Next Generation
The Power of Style: On Rejection of the Accepted
Even Furthur: The Power of Subcultural Style in Techno Culture
Social Power and Appearance Management among Women
Obesity and Powerlessness
Index